Stadium Theater

226 S. Ninth Street,
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

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stormdog
stormdog on January 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm

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.

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2007 at 4:15 am

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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ctid3206/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 13, 2005 at 9:32 pm

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

kingcityeditor
kingcityeditor on March 13, 2005 at 9:21 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.