Dixie Theater

307 State Street,
Beloit, WI 53511

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The White Theater was an early turn of the century movie theater which opened in 1907. It was later renamed Dixie Theater and closed in 1915.

Contributed by Ed Wilke

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Not much chance of it, but can anyone come up with any info or photos on this theater?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Are you sure this one is demolished? The building that houses GEM Printing at 307 State Street sure looks like it is over 100 years old. If you look at the roof on Bing Maps birds eye view you can see the roof peaks in the middle which seems to indicate the theatre was on the top floor of this building.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

The large two-story windows on the Broad Street side of the building also seem to indicate a theatre space was there.

edwilke on April 9, 2013 at 1:07 am

There is a good chance it could be in the Hanchett (Hall) Block. Which is the large 4 story building that the last 2 comments where about. Hanchett Hall was built in 1856. There was a large meeting hall on the 3rd floor with high ceiling making the building 4 stories high. Abraham Lincoln gave a speech there on October 1, 1859.
It could have been in one of the shops on the ground floor. The address of Hanchett Block now is 305-307-309 State St.

edwilke on May 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm

The location of the theater is still standing, it was the Hanchett building. I was finally able to look at old fire insurances maps of Beloit and they had it in the building. I’ll post pics latter.

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