Crescent Theatre

210 W. 3rd Street,
Alton, IL 62002

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Opened prior to 1909 as the Nixon Theatre. In November 1909 it was renamed Nina Theatre. In 1910 it became the Bijou Theatre. In 1911 it became the Crescent Theatre and from 1915 the New Crescent Theatre, which closed in early-1916. The building was later used for retail.

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Reading your local paper, all reports indicate that this was the Nixon Theatre originated by J.A. Swaton exhibiting vaudeville and short films. The Nixon was purchased by Gus Crivello on Nov. 2, 1909 and renamed / advertised as the Nina Theatre. On Dec. 6, 1909 Jack Herman purchased the Nina continuing into 1910.

This part may be incorrect, but the paper indicates that on March 15, 1910, the theatre is changed to the Bijou Theatre showing films and with vaudeville acts. On April 29, 1910, the theater is closed by the city. Re-opens briefly as the Bijou until new owners take over in 1911.

On September 25, 1911, the Crescent Theater advertises at 210 W. Third St. In November of 1915, the theater changes hands again and is known as the “new” Crescent into 1916 before closing early in the year. An evangelist appears at the location but no more theatrical bookings appear at that location which becomes full-time retail.

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