Lawford Theatre

225 W. Main Street,
Havana, IL 62644

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Lawford Theatre

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Opened in 1914, this 500 seat theater in downtown Havana is situated next door to the city hall. The Lawford Theatre was operated by the Kerasotes chain from 1946 until it closed in 1982. In 1997, it was restored and reopened for use as a legitimate theater venue, which it served as until 2001.

In August of 2004, a new owner purchased the Lawford Theatre and reopened it as a movie house. It was closed not long after, but reopened under new ownership in summer of 2005. Again the Lawford Theatre closed in September, but reopened under another new owner in November of 2005.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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longislandmovies on July 9, 2008 at 10:09 pm


rroberts on July 10, 2008 at 10:44 am

Where is Paul Warshauer? Check

TheaterOwner01 on July 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Another LONG line of BS!

kencmcintyre on December 24, 2008 at 11:01 am

The theater recently reopened after being closed several weeks for repairs.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 24, 2008 at 11:03 am

Apparently no one noticed it was closed.

kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Wow, I had no idea the old Lawford was going to be such a hot, hot topic when we passed through Havana in the summer of 1995 – it looked pretty forlorn then:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 18, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Here are two 1982 photos:



kylejm2008 on January 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Wow, I hadn’t realized our little theater had generated this much conversation. Because it was before my time, I didn’t have much exposure to those above who have previously rented the Lawford. However, I know the “renovations” they speak of consisted of painting over existing paint and generally making actual, real renovations harder. To make a long story short, Summer 2010 will mark about a year since an actual, longterm renovation began in the theater. Although it will take a few years, I am condfident the Lawford will undergo a complete restoration. If you are of the area, stop in from time to time to see our progress and support the effort.

rogs49 on June 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

who can I contact I want to do a free investigation with our paranormal group have someone contact me at

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