Garden Theatre

62 N. Main Street,
Canton, IL 61520

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The Garden Theatre originally opened around 1920, as a single screen theater, seating around 300 on the main floor and around 65 in the balcony.

In 1980, the Garden Theatre became a twin, when an adjacent jewelry store closed and the space was converted into a second auditorium, seating 130.

The Garden Theatre has most recently been operated by Vern Reynolds, whose mini-chain also consists of the Palace in Elmwood and the Town in Chillicothe.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

The Illinois section of the January 1, 1916, issue of the trade journal Motography had this item about the Garden Theatre:

“The new Garden theater, North Main street, Canton, had its formal opening December 8, which was attended by 1,200 people. The theater is spacious and fire-proof and presents a very beautiful and attractive appearance with its lattice window effects with overhanging flowers, while suspended from each beam a bird cage with songsters sing softly and sweet. Joe Ross is manager.”

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