Hub Theater

416 Lincoln Highway,
Rochelle, IL 61068

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Hub Theater; Rochelle, Il

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Opened in 1931, this nearly 950-seat Art Deco-style theater operated into the 1950’s. It was originally part of the Alger Theaters chain.

During the 1980’s, the Hub Theater was split into three screens, by twinning the main auditorium and closing off the balcony. It continued to operate as a first-run movie house until early-2011.

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bobbypounders on December 29, 2004 at 9:59 am

i would like anyone who remembers the night a boy was locked in at the theater to email me….thx bob

MAF on May 3, 2005 at 12:14 pm

According to Phyllis Behrns, the Hub was designed by her father-in-law, architect Elmer F. Behrns.

horatio28 on October 4, 2005 at 4:29 am

My dad was E.E. Alger (he died in 1968). His theater company was based in Peru, Ill at the time he signed a lease to operate the Hub theater and never in Chicago. According to my dad,the building was not built for him; he got involved when the owners of the building faced mortgage foreclosure and came to him for help. He had a long and pleasant relationship with the building owners and residents of Rochelle until he decided to get out of the business in the late 50’s after more than 50 years. I visited the theater occasionally when I got involved in the business.I can’t remember the names of the building owners but I remember the blonde manager named Lindy Castle (or Kassel) and his wife Angie. Also, My mother’s nephew,Ralph Tafflinger was manager before Lindy. Does anyone out there remember any of this? I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can give me some more history.
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Paul Fortini on February 1, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Rochelle is a really nice small city to visit. Do like I’ve done. Spend a day at the Rochelle Railroad Park (a busy crossing of the BNSF and UP Railroads), and then take in a movie at this neat (albeit subdivided) theatre.

jwballer on July 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Heres a vintage photo
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projectionist61068 on February 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Statis should show “CLOSED”

edison on March 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Here is a real estate listing for The Hub. For sale at $149,900. It seems current;

Driordan on August 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm

This theatre was recently used in the movie “AT ANY PRICE” starring Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid (released April 2012). The movie was shot in DeKalb Co.

TheHub on December 21, 2014 at 5:45 am

There is a new effort underway to return this theater to days of glory.. Please help- Time is very,very short . Lets not let another theater die….

TheHub on September 6, 2015 at 11:57 am

New Status- Being renovated

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