Washington Theater

425 Hampshire Street,
Quincy, IL 62301

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robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2016 at 10:06 am

Uploaded the ad for the opening of the talkie The Lion and the Mouse from the Quincy Public Library collection.

robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

The Do You Remember site of the University of Illinois cites June 16, 1914 as the opening date as a vaudeville house with the first film being shown as The Temple of Venus on January 16, 1926 and the first talkie, The Lion and the Mouse on November 4, 1928.

TriStateFans
TriStateFans on October 22, 2015 at 11:28 am

The renovations of the Washington are underway, and the house is “safe” to open up for special fundraising events (even though the venue is far from finished.

You can read about their progress by checking out their website, http://quincywashingtontheater.org/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2015 at 5:47 pm

This house appears to have opened as the Washington Square Theatre. Click the thumbnail at left for an interior photo on this page with a photo of the front. The May 3, 1924, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item:

“The new Washington Square Theatre, Quincy, Ill., will open on June 15, according to present plans. ‘If Winter Comes’ will be the opening feature.”

CarltonSmith
CarltonSmith on September 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

The information above on the organ in the Washington Theatre is incorrect! The Washington had a 3/7 Barton organ (1924). The Orpheum Theatre in Quincy had the Wurlitzer, a style B (1924).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 23, 2011 at 1:35 am

Here is a link to photographer Edmund J. Kowalski’s photos of the Washington Theatre taken June 25, 2005, before the house was restored.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Wow the marquee sure looks a lot better now.

Scott
Scott on February 25, 2010 at 6:09 am

Apparently the Washington Theatre received a newly renovated marquee on Sept. 11, 2009. The theatre also received new entrance doors and entrance tile. They look excellent. For more information on this and the planned renovation, see the theatre’s web site, which is listed in the description above.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 11:29 am

Too bad this venue is still deteriorating…here it is in summer 1995:
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Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 1, 2007 at 6:59 pm

I passed by here today. From the outside, it appears to be in very bas shape. The outer skin is all that remains of the marquee. Walk underneath it and you can see the sky above you. It has murals of its former glory painted on the doors—similar to what has been done on several buildings in Gary, IN. The same has been done for the upper windows of the building next door.

chrisoverly
chrisoverly on July 19, 2006 at 7:43 pm

The offical website for the theatre is http://www.washingtoncentral.org

chrisoverly
chrisoverly on July 19, 2006 at 7:21 pm

Actually the outside of the building is of the Mediterranean Revival Style. They are currently trying to raise money to restore/update it, and are around 1/30th of the way to their goal. Also the Adams Theatre which they speak of is now used for a religious group.