Liberty Theater

210 S. 4th Street,
Vandalia, IL 62471

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Liberty Theater

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Originally opened about 1910 as the Dixie Theater in the former Illinois state capitol of Vandalia, this small, still-single screen gem of a movie house was remodeled in an Art Deco style during the 1930’s, when it was renamed the Liberty Theater.

Its vibrant Deco-style marquee is one of the theater’s most noticeable features, with the word ‘Liberty’ in stylized cursive writing, lit in neon and framed in lightbulbs. The Liberty Theater featured first-run films and occasional live acts until it was closed in early 2008.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Here is a 2008 photo showing “Closed” on the marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm

This is a recent photo and the Liberty still appears to be closed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm

It looks better now then it did in the 1980s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm

The “From the Boxoffice Files (Twenty Years Ago)” feature in the magazine’s issue of February 8, 1947, says that Harry Tanner had bought the Dixie Theatre in Vandalia from S.E. Pirtle.

The March 8, 1941, issue of Boxoffice Magazine reported on extensive fire damage to the Liberty Theatre building, with the total loss estimated at $80,000. The IOOF lodge on the third floor suffered $20,000 in equipment losses, and the building’s $20,000 air conditioning system was destroyed.

The theater was obviously repaired, but I’ve been unable to find a date for the reopening.

soybean on January 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm

What’s the status for the Liberty Theater? Did the people who bought the theater give up on doing the redo work on it? Will the Liberty Theater ever reopen & show movies again ?

soybean on June 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

After looking at the picture ( 2010 photo) of this theater that Chuck posted on April 20, 2010, shouldn’t the status for this theater be changed to closed ?

stormdog on January 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Here are some pictures I shot of the Liberty Theater this Summer on a drive through Illinois.

Liberty Theater pictures.

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