Marvel Theater

228 W. Main Street,
Carlinville, IL 62626

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Marvel Theater

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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.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Seth
Seth on June 30, 2004 at 11:54 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 10, 2007 at 6:45 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Marvel Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 15, 2008 at 2:35 am

This is the Eisentraut Theatres website for the Marvel Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Here is the Marvel Theater in 1995.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm

The year given for this photo is 1982.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm

This is a nice 2009 photo.

richardg
richardg on September 8, 2010 at 4:39 am

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 27, 2011 at 3:39 am

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

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