Watseka Theatre

218 E. Walnut Street,
Watseka, IL 60970

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Louis Skidmore (1897-1962), the architect for the John Hancock Center and the Sears Tower in Chicago, designed this Art Deco style movie house on Walnut Street, next to the Odd Fellows Building. It opened in 1931, but started to fall on hard times in the 1960’s and early-1970’s. Those hard times forced its closing in 1998.

Former music teacher Charles Gomez purchased the theatre in the spring of 2007. Gomez used original blueprints to return the theatre’s original appearance, though sometimes using more affordable materials. The theatre will be used for live performances.

The Watseka Theatre/Iroquois Performing Arts Center had a New Years Eve 2007 grand re-opening gala with musical acts and a dinner. The building has a new bar, cafe, lounge and banquet room.

Originally seating 660 and later seating 580, the Watseka Theatre now seats 425 and has a stage. The theatre features hand painted murals, brass and frosted glass chandeliers with matching wall sconces, terrazzo floors and stairways, an original black marble ticket booth, and a neon marquee from the golden age of entertainment.

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rocmaven
rocmaven on May 1, 2011 at 7:55 am

Classic Country Music Legends, Bellamy Brothers in concert @ Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka IL on Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 8:00 PM. The Bellamy Brothers are an American pop and country music duo brothers David Milton Bellamy and Homer Howard Bellamy from Darby, Fl. The duo had considerable musical success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976, a Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100. Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty Number One singles and more than fifty hits overall on the country charts. To date, they have released more than fifty albums, primarily on Curb Records. “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me” , “Redneck Girl”; “I Need More Of You”, “Santa Fe”, “Old Hippie”, “Kids of the Baby Boom.”,“Guilty Of The Crime”, “When I’m Away from You”, “Some Broken Hearts” & “Jalepenos” are among their classic hits. The Watseka Theatre is a 1931 beautiful restored 375 seat art deco theatre located 92 miles south of Chicago. The theatre features a gourmet restaurant as well as a full bar. Tickets $25., $35. & $60. are available at the theatre, by phone (815) 993- 6585 or on line at www.watsekatheatre.com .All Ages are admitted to concerts.

rocmaven
rocmaven on May 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Country music Icon Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder “Treasure Chest Tour” @ Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL on Friday August 26, 2011 @ 7:00 PM. Ricky Skaggs has won 14 Grammy Awards, 8 Country Music Association Awards, 8 ACM Awards, 11 IBMA Awards, 2 Dove Awards & Countless others. In 1982, Ricky was made the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry at that time. He made his television debut at the age of 7, performing with bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on their popular syndicated television show and earning his first paycheck ever for a musical performance. At 15, Ricky became a member of bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley’s backing band, The Clinch Mountain Boys. Ricky and his ace backing band, Kentucky Thunder, have won 8 Instrumental Group of the Year awards from the IBMA. Ricky has had 12 #1 singles on the Billboard Country charts and 12 Top 20 Country albums. Ricky collaborated with the Raconteurs and Ashley Monroe on a Bluegrass-inspired version of the Raconteurs track “Old Enough.” His album, Ricky Skaggs Solo Songs My Dad Loved, released in 2009, was nominated in the Best Traditional Folk Album category for the 2010 GRAMMY awards. Ricky played all of the notes and sang all of the songs on this project. Solo is a musical tribute to the man who caused him to fall in love with musicâ€\"his father. Current album, Mosaic, is a return to a full band sound that mixes elements of Country music with Beatles-esque melody and lyrics that speak to Skaggs’ faith, making “music that is in my head and in my heart,” as Ricky says. It was co-produced by Grammy winning songwriter/producer Gordon Kennedy. In 2010, Mosaic was nominated for two GRAMMY’s in Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album & Best Gospel Song categories (for “Return to Sender”). Greatest songs include; “Country Boy”,“Highway 40 Blues”, “I’m Ready To Go”, “Cajun Moon” & “Uncle Pen”. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat venue located 92 miles south of Chicago. The theatre features a gourmet restaurant and full bar. This concert is open to all ages. Tickets $85.,$65.,$40. are on sale at the theatre, by phone (815) 993-6585 or on line www.watsekatheatre.com .
More concerts to be announced next week.

rocmaven
rocmaven on May 28, 2011 at 3:14 am

Hot Country Music Artist Josh Thompson @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL will perform in concert on Friday August 5, 2011 @ 7:30PM.
Josh Thompson’s sensational debut CD has produced three top 40 hits for him on the charts: “Beer on the Table”, “Way Out Here” and “Won’t Be Lonely Long”. Come see this great concert at the historic Watseka Theatre Watseka Illinois on Friday August 5, 2011. A native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Josh Thompson began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12, giving him first hand insight about the trials of hard-working men everywhere. After arriving in Nashville in 2005, Thompson instantly began writing and quickly established himself as a country artist on the rise. He received his first major songwriter credit with a song called “Growing Up Is Getting Old” which is the title track of Jason Michael Carroll’s current album. Thompson formed a band and drew in a huge fan base by playing raucous, energetic live shows all over the country. Josh’s raw talent, in both songwriting and performing, caught the attention of hit songwriters and eventually led to a major record deal with Columbia Nashville. Thompson’s blue collar lifestyle influences every song he has written, as he tells his stories with candor, honesty and a good-natured spirit. His debut single, “Beer On The Table,” is one of the most down-to-earth working man’s anthems in years, a look at the dance between work and play, and the hard-won, easy-go nature of money that ties them together. That work ethic, the honesty in his writing and the energy in his performances have combined to make Josh a powerful new voice in country music. His Columbia Nashville debut, Way Out Here, showcases a man who has lived the music he makes. Produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean) Way Out Here features 10 songs solely written or cowritten by Josh. Check out www.joshthompsonofficial.com . The Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 restored 375 seat art deco venue. It features a gourmet restaurant and full bar. Watseka is located 92 miles south of Chicago. All ages are admitted. Tickets are $55.,$45.,$35.,$25. available at the theatre, by phone (815) 993-6585 or on line at www.watsekatheatre.com .

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on December 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Mickey Gilley @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Sat, Oct 24, 2015

Country Music Legend, “Mr. Urban Cowboy” MICKEY GILLEY headlines Watseka Theatre. Award Winner, Movie & TV Star with Multi Million Selling hit songs including “Stand By Me”, “Room Full Of Roses”, “Don’t The Girls All Look Prettier At Closing Time”, “City Lights”, “Window Up Above”, “Bring It On Home to Me”, “Chains of Love” ,“Honky Tonk Memories” , “She’s Pulling Me Back Again” & “Here Comes the Hurt Again” .“ The Iconic Movie, "Urban Cowboy” was filmed at Gilley’s Place in Pasadena TX. It stared John Travolta, Mickey Gilley and America saw The Mechanical Bull for the first time! Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles (2 hrs) south of Chicago. All Ages. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7pm. Tix on sale at the theatre, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre
218 East Walnut Street
Watseka, IL 60970

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on February 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

The Marshall Tucker Band @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Back by popular demand! 4th time at Watseka Theatre. Classic Southern Rock Million selling hit songs including “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”& “Fire On A Mountain”. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 Art Deco 375 seat theatre. Its located 92 miles (2 hours) South of Chicago. No seat is further than 50 ft from the stage. All Ages. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale at the theatre, by phone 815 993 6585 or online www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre
218 East Walnut Street
Watseka, IL 60970

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on March 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Kristian Bush of Sugarland @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

For a decade, Kristian Bush built his reputation as one half of the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland. He steered the ship in many ways: playing multiple instruments, singing harmonies, co-producing the group’s platinum-selling albums, and co-writing an award-winning catalog of songs (including five No. 1 singles and nearly a dozen Top 10 hits) about life and love in the American South. On Southern Gravity, his first release as a solo artist — due April 7, 2015 on Streamsound Records — Bush occupies the spotlight himself, juggling the roles of vocalist, songwriter, bandleader and producer. The new album draws on the 300+ songs that Bush wrote during the past two years, after Sugarland embarked on an open-ended hiatus. Included in the mix is Southern Gravity’s lead single, “Trailer Hitch,” written with Tim Owens and Bush’s brother, Brandon. Bush’s success with Sugarland, sold more than 22 million albums during the ten years that followed. Along the way, launched five No. 1 singles, earned a well-deserved induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and took home trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles (2 hours) south of Chicago. No seat is further than 50 ft from the stage. All Ages. Doors open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7:00pm. Tix $30. on sale at the theatre, charge by phone 815 993-6585 or on line at http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on April 5, 2015 at 5:26 am

Buckcherry @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Friday, June 5, 2015

One of the hottest Live Rock bands in the world. Multi Platinium selling band, BUCKCHERRY returns by popular demand to the Watseka Theatre. This is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Located 92 miles south of Chicago. Doors Open 5;30pm for dinner and full bar. All Ages Admitted. Tickets $40. are on sale now at the theatre, charge by phone 815 993-6585 or on line at http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970

Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar, show time 7pm (815) 993-6585

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on June 1, 2015 at 5:02 am

Ralphie May @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Saturday, September 26, 2015

One of the best comedians in America, Ralphie May returns to headline the Watseka Theatre Watseka IL. Ralphie has recorded four Comedy Central specials: Girth of a Nation (2006), Prime Cut (2007), Austin-tatious (2008), and Too Big To Ignore (2012), as well as his super hot Netflix special, Unruly (2015). Watseka Theatre is 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles south of Chicago. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner and full bar. Reserved Seat Tickets $45. are on sale at the theatre, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com .

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on June 27, 2015 at 6:21 am

Jackyl @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

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Friday, November 20, 2015

4th time in Watseka! Back by Popular demand! Equal parts hard rock, heavy metal and Southern rock, Jackyl formed in 1991 and brought back rock ‘n’ roll back — back to its down-to-earth, wild, fun-loving origins. Hear and see the outragous Jackyl show with all the Million Selling hit songs including “The Lumberjack”. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Located 92 miles south of Chicago. All Ages. It features a great restaurant and full bar. Doors Open 5:30pm, Showtime 7pm. Tickets are on sale at the theatre, by phone 815 993 2880 or www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on July 31, 2015 at 9:21 am

DAVID COOK @ WATSEKA THEATRE WATSEKA IL

FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2015

Back by Popular Demand! Multi Million Selling Recording Artist, David Cook returns with his new album and “The Digital Vein Tour”. Watseka Theatre is a 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles south (2 hours) from Chicago. No seat is further than 50 ft from the stage. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & bar. Concert at 7pm. All Ages Admitted. Tickets $35. go on sale Tuesday August 4 by phone 815 993 6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970

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