220 E. Main Street,
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This old theatre, opened around 1914 with 900 seats, is one of the last small-town Art Deco style movie palaces left in Illinois. It is no longer the showplace it was originally, but, it was in daily operation showing new releases for many years. In 1992 a second screen was added in the former balcony. In 2008, it was advertising ‘three’ screens
The Grand Theatre is in need of preservation. The interior is hidden under a couple of layers of “improvement and renovation”. It has many of it’s most amazing assets covered by a dropped ceiling and a few layers of paint. A magnificent marquee is in need of restoration and its deco style concession area is still in good shape. The current owner planned to keep it going as long as possible but is concerned for it’s future.
The Grand Theatre is truly a movie palace. It’s small town location and continuous operation put in a very unique position. Most of the small town palaces are gone, they will never be back. If for no other reason the Grand Theatre should be kept going and if possible be restored. The Grand Theatre was closed on October 18, 2010 screening “Alpha and Omega” and “Let Me In”. However, after a two weeks closure, it was re-opened on November 5, 2010.
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