Mattoon Theatre

2000 Prairie Avenue,
Mattoon, IL 61938

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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).

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

A very old image of this original Mattoon Theatre can be see here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm

CSWalczak’s link is dead. I can’t find an exterior shot of the theater, but this photo of the stage might be the one that went missing.

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