Fischer Theater

158 N. Vermillion Street,
Danville, IL 61832

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Fischer Theatre, Danville, IL - auditorium

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The Grand Opera House opened on November 4, 1884, one of the the first productions being “The Bohemian Girl”.

The theatre was extensively re-modeled 1912/1913 and some more remodeling was carried out in 1929.

Contributed by Steve Anderson

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 8, 2007 at 5:30 pm

A Barton theater organ size 2/6 was installed in the Fischer Theater in 1924. Note: Two ranks added to a 2/4 Robert-Morton.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 9, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Someone mentioned seeing a Robert-Morton theater organ in this theater. Well, a Robert-Morton theater organ size 2/4 was installed in the Fischer Theater but no date is given. I assume that it replaced the Barton theater organ.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 13, 2008 at 4:24 am

A 1996 view of the Fischer Theater in Danville here and here. An enlarged view here and here.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 1:59 pm

There’s an extra L in Vermilion, in the title, so it doesn’t map correctly.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on November 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

The link above is the Lorraine Theatre in Hoopeston (20 miles or so north of Danville). Here are some links to my pictures of the Fischer:

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 13, 2009 at 10:59 am

As the Grand Opera House, this theater is listed under Danville IL in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. A.W. Heinly was Mgr., and the seating capacity was 1,000. The theater was on the first floor, had both gas and electric illumination and ticket prices ranging from 25 cents to $1. The proscenium opening was 32 feet square, and the stage was 40 feet deep. There were 7 members of the house orchestra. There were 3 daily newspapers and one German weekly. The hotel for show folk was the Aetna House, and the railroad was the Chicago & Eastern Illinois. The 1897 population of Danville was 18,000.

jwballer
jwballer on March 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

A 2/4 Robert-Morton was installed in the theatre in 1929.

jwballer
jwballer on April 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Status should be Closed/Renovating/Restoring

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