El Paso Theatre

E. Front Street and N. Cherry Street,
El Paso, IL 61738

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Opened in 1895, the Grand Opera House was screening movies in around 1912. It converted to sound in 1930 and was renamed El Paso Theatre in the late-1930’s. It was air-conditioned by 1950 and closed in the 1960’s. It has since been torn down and the site is now a parking lot.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

This web page has a transcript of the “Entertainment” section of El Paso Story, a book published in 1954. It describes the Grand Opera House and the El Paso Theatre as the same house. The Opera House was not replaced by the El Paso Theatre, it was renamed the El Paso Theatre at some point. Out page for the El Paso just has the wrong location.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Here is a photo of the Opera House and Masonic Temple in El Paso, Illinois, from a souvenir album published in 1896.

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