Stadium Theater

226 S. Ninth Street,
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

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Stadium Theater

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The Stadium Theater was built and opened in the late-1940’s.

Contributed by Michael Raney

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kingcityeditor on March 13, 2005 at 1:21 pm

The building apparently has been bought by Randy Farrar, who also bought the bookstore and pool hall next door. He’s renovating the pool hall for an upscale pool hall.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 13, 2005 at 1:32 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 gives a seating capacity of 775.

Broan on August 5, 2007 at 8:15 pm

This seems like a cool late deco/streamline design. The church is called the Antioch International Assembly. Mount Vernon seemed to have a big surge following the construction of its large deco/streamline courthouse. The town also has a cool railroad depot I didn’t get a chance to look closely at as well as what appeared to be an older courthouse. Photos of the Stadium are at

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

The office of Kansas City architect Samuel W. Bihr, Jr. submitted a questionnaire for the AIA’s Architects Roster in 1953, which included a list of some of his projects. The Stadium Theatre in Mt. Vernon is one of those listed. It was designed in 1946, and cost $150,000 to build. The questionnaire doesn’t give the year of construction, which might have been delayed due to post-war materials shortages, but it’s safe to assume that the theater was opened in the late 1940s.

stormdog on January 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

I just posted a few pictures of the Stadium Theater from my trip through Southern Illinois this past Summer. Here’s a link to them in my Flickr photostream:

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