Marvel Theatre

228 W. Main Street,
Carlinville, IL 62626

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Marvel Theatre

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This theatrer, in the heart of downtown Carlinville, along an historic stretch of the old Route 66, was built as a single-screen theatre, 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 Theatre continues to operate as a first-run movie house, and is also known as the Cinema 1 & 2.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Seth on June 30, 2004 at 3:54 pm

Not a very colorful marquee. White with cheap red plastic letters stuck on. Pretty ugly, and not in keeping with the design of the building. The ‘A’ has fallen off the front of the horizontal portion. Lower portion of the facade has ugly brown tile stuck on it, and the windows on the second floor are covered with plywood which was painted brown, and is now warped and peeling.

richardg on September 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm

The Marvel Theatre is alive and well. The $6.00 admission including popcorn and a drink is hard to beat.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Very nice looking theatre,best of luck.Thanks for a great picture.

Chris1982 on August 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

The Marvel is no longr operated by Eisentraut Theatres. The theatre has a Faceook page but it does not list current or coming attractions.

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