Times Theatre

231 E. State Street,
Jacksonville, IL 62650

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Times Theatre

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The Art Moderne style Times Theatre opened in 1941, and still features a terrific neon-lit triangular-shaped canopy marquee and a beige-colored tile facade. It was operated by Fox Theatres Corporation.

Later operated as a twin, screening first-run features, it was part of the Kerasotes chain. In 2008 it was operated by an independent operator. It was closed in January 2011.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

SonoNothing on April 29, 2006 at 5:11 pm

Yes, the Times still sports its neon canopy and the old ticket booth still sits in the entry way, though I don’t believe it’s been used in years. I have heard stories of a beautiful red dragon mural that has been hidden behind paneling in the lobby. I’ll get some pics on-line ASAP.

TLSLOEWS on August 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

Good photos of Times Theatre.

csettles on January 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

The Times Theater is now FOR SALE. Contact Colleen Settles at Grojean Real Estate 217-491-3388 or email
Lots of possibilities!

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on August 10, 2013 at 5:01 am

This theater is closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 2, 2014 at 10:57 am

CinemaTour says that the Times Theatre was designed by local architect Raymond G. Johnson.

The May 15, 1953, issue of the Jacksonville Daily Journal reported that Fox Midwest has sold the Times and several other theaters in the region to a local company called El Fran Theatres. Houses in Centralia, Mt. Vernon, Benton, West Frankfort and Marion were part of the deal.

By 1964, the Times was being operated by the Frisina Amusement Company, who still controlled the house at least as late as 1976.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on October 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

Krush Nutrition is now in the lobby of the theater. The marquee has been changed to “Time” instead of “Times”. Not sure why the “s” was removed.

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