Joy Theatre

304 Market Street,
Mount Carmel, IL 32863

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Popular Mechanics November 1917 Page 760

The Joy Theatre at Mount Carmel had an arched front with center box office typical of the small town theaters of its era. It was opened in 1916 by Theodore Coleman, an enterprising fourteen-year-old, who went on to have a long career as an exhibitor at Mount Carmel. He later opened the American Theatre and the Uptown Theatre there. His son, Keith Coleman, eventually took over both houses and built the Carmel Drive-In as well.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2010 at 3:48 am

A photo of the Joy Theatre appeared in a photo feature called “Activities and Interests of Boys and Girls” in Popular Science, November, 1917.

Here’s the page at Google Books.

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