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. By 2016 movies had ceased and it was in use as a country music venue, with wrestling matches on certain nights.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 14, 2007 at 2:56 am

still listed for sale …….

LAE27
LAE27 on August 13, 2007 at 12:02 pm

i love the lawford theater. I have had no problems each time that i have went. i would take my children there any day. I happen to love the way it is set up and i think that the only reason that people complain is because of the fact that they want everything to be like the big theaters that are newly built. this place has historic values and it should stay that way other than the wiring and other small things throughout. the lawford wasnt built 10 years ago it was built before the time of air conditioning so if you want to stay cool like the new whinny generation like yourselves then dont come. and by the way the popcorn is delicious.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on July 10, 2008 at 1:09 pm

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO PAUL WARSHAUER?????????????

rroberts
rroberts on July 11, 2008 at 1:44 am

Where is Paul Warshauer? Check www.retzlergroup.com

TheaterOwner01
TheaterOwner01 on July 12, 2008 at 11:02 am

Another LONG line of BS!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 25, 2008 at 4:01 am

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

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 26, 2009 at 5:20 am

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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kylejm2008
kylejm2008 on January 9, 2010 at 3:34 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
rogs49 on June 20, 2013 at 3:19 am

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

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on May 19, 2016 at 6:58 am

No longer showing movies according to their Facebook page. Live country music shows and wrestling are listed.

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