228 W. Main Street,
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This theater, in the heart of downtown Carlinville, along an historic stretch of the old Route 66, was built as a single-screen theater, opening on August 26, 1920, by the Paul family. It didn’t last long as it burned down in December 1926.
It was re-built and reopened on January 19, 1928 with “The Gay Retreat”. It was operated by the Frisina Amusement Co. during the early 1940’s.
In 1977, it was twinned with 156 seats in the balcony theatre and 300 seats on the main floor. Its current marquee dates from the 1960’s.
The Marvel continues to operate as a first-run movie house, and is also known as the Cinema 1 & 2.
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