Capitol Theatre

45 East Side Square,
Canton, IL 61520

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CAPITOL Theatre; Canton, Illinois.

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The Canton Opera House opened on the town square in dowtown Canton in 1891, designed in sturdy neo-Romanesque style, including a large arched entranceway. In the 20s, the opera house was transformed into the Capitol Theatre, a movie house.

After closing as a movie theater sometime in the 80s, the former lobby space was converted into retail space, and the auditorium used as a storage area.

In 2000, the historic building was converted into offices, and its exterior restored, including the removal of the boxy Capitol marquee and the addition of awnings over the ground floor level windows. The building is now known as the Opera House Professional Center.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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RhondaHowardRealtor
RhondaHowardRealtor on March 10, 2004 at 4:37 am

Would the owner of this theatre or someone they know be interested in purchasing the theatre I have listed in Havana, IL? There is possibly money available from the city for restoration on this property. I have it listed at $79,900. Please email me if you would like more info. Thanks. Rhonda Howard, Jim Maloof/REALTOR.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm

The Opera House in Canton IL is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. Unfortunatly, there are no street addresses in this guide. The theatre is referred to as “Opera House” and also as “Armory Opera House”. Is it this theatre ? The seating capacity was 800 and it was on the second floor. C. N. Hinkler was Mgr. The proscenium opening was 20 feet high, and the stage was 25 feet deep. The house had both gas and electric illumination. There was a piano, but no orchestra. Hotels for show folk were the Canton House and the Churchill House, and local papers were the Register, Cantonian, and Ledger. Railroads were the TP&W and the CB&Q. The 1897 population of Canton was 10,000.

plasticfootball
plasticfootball on March 13, 2008 at 5:40 pm

When the Capitol’s lobby—with no serious remodeling; how cool!—was being used as a record store, the auditorium was used for storage. During the restoration of the Opera House building, the auditorium was demolished—but the building still looks the same from the front.

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