Alton Cine

2640 Claire Avenue,
Alton, IL 62002

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Alton Cine

This twin opened April 9, 1976, with each auditorium seating 300. It was operated by the Wehrenberg chain. The Alton Cine was closed in 1998.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Oldtheatremanager on August 31, 2007 at 1:13 pm

The theatre had already closed it’s doors and moved all the equipment and stock out when they found out that the film booker had already prebooked a movie there. Unable to get out of the contract they reopened the doors for that movie. Only bringing in the bare min. Little did they know that the movie that was prebooked would keep them open for another few months. That movie was Titanic.

JAlex on April 23, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Architect was Edward Gordon.

kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm

This June 2005 blog calls the theater a grubby little duplex.

JAlex on May 28, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Theatre still there, unused of course. Observed yesterday while passing by on Amtrak.

CatherineDiMartino on May 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I’m heading south on Amtrak from Chicago next week. Which side of the train would it be visible from?

JAlex on May 29, 2009 at 8:33 am

Can be observed from the right side and shortly before the Alton station stop.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on January 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Following up my recent post on the Westport Cine, I believe the Alton was one of the few theaters that didn’t have a box office. You bought your tickets at the front of the concession stand as you went in the building. The Westport Cine had a similar setup. Can anyone confirm?

Ben Vogt
Ben Vogt on February 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Yes, Kyle. The doors opened to a concession island with box office located at the front of it. Both sides served as the concession counter and the back was the soda fountains.

rivest266 on February 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

April 9th, 1976 grand opening ad in photo section.

JAlex on March 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

It has been announced the theatre will be demolished by the City of Alton.

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