Central Theatre

111 N. State Street,
Geneseo, IL 61254

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Central Theatre, Geneseo, IL

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Opened in the 1924 as the New Geneseo Theatre, the ‘New’ was dropped in 1943.

It was recently renovated and re-named Central Theatre and is still a single-screen theater with 300 seats. It is now operated by the Geneseo Community Park District, and screens first-run features.

Its canopy/marquee, newly rebuilt, resembles one from the theater’s earliest days. In 2017 the seating capacity had been reduced to 178.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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dustyalldaylong
dustyalldaylong on July 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

From a 2009 QC Times Article: “After the war, (Jim) Stopulos sold life insurance briefly and then opened the Coronet Theater on Davenport’s Washington Street at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, who ran an art theater in Iowa City. Later, he moved the Coronet to what had been the Uptown in the Harrison Hilltop neighborhood.

During his 25 years in the theater business, he also owned the Sierra in Moline, the Spruce Hills Twin in Bettendorf, the Central in Geneseo and the Strand in East Moline. He remained in the theater business until 1976, a time when competition from big chains made it difficult for independent operators to survive.

Khnemu
Khnemu on July 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Per the theater’s website, the Central currently seats 178. Also the theater opened in 1924 not 1928.

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