2000 Prairie Avenue,
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Located at the corner of Prairie Avenue and N. 20th Street. The Mattoon Theatre was built in 1896, as a venue for live theatre and vaudeville acts. It was designed by architect Charles Mitchell. The Mattoon Theatre was an ornate 3-story building, which cost over $25,000 to construct. It also boasted two balconies, ten boxes, six dressing rooms, a 60 by 50 foot stage and steam heating. The Mattoon Theatre was opened on September 22, 1896 with Clay Clements in a production of “The New Dominion”.
It was destroyed by a fire in 1916.
A new Mattoon Theater was built in 1921 by George Kizer at 1421 Broadway (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures).
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