228 W. Main Street,
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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.
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