Watseka Theatre

218 E. Walnut Street,
Watseka, IL 60970

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Watseka Theatre

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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.

Contributed by Watseka Theatre, Bryan Krefft

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DJMitchell
DJMitchell on September 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm

The Amazing Kreskin @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL Saturday October 26, 2013

Halloween Party with THE AMAZING KRESKIN. The worlds most famous mentalist headlines the historic Watseka Theatre. Kreskin has appeared 61 times on The Tonight Show. Also recently on Letterman, Stern, Conan, Fergusion, Kimmel & Fallon. Even now he knows what you are thinking. No seat is further than 40 feet from the stage. Doors open 5:30pm for dinner and full bar. Showtime is 7pm. Tickets are on sale now at the theatre, by phone (815) 993-6585 or on line.

Watseka Theatre
218 East Walnut Street
Watseka, IL 60970

Hours:Doors Open 5:30pm, Showtime 7pm Admission Charge $25. & $35. with dinner. Attendance Capacity:375 Phone Number:(815) 993-6585

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Kris Allen @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 7PM.

Multi Platinium Recording Artist KRIS ALLEN headlines Watseka Theatre. Season 8 American Idol Winner with hits, “Live Like Your Dying”, “No Boundaries”, “Heartless”, & “The Vision Of Love”. No seat is further than 40 ft from the front of the stage. All Ages. Doors Open 5:30pm for Dinner & full bar. Showtime 7pm. Tickets $30., $35. are on sale at the theatre, by phone 815 993 6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com .

Watseka Theatre
218 East Walnut Street
Watseka, IL 60970

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

American English – Beatles Tribute @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL Sunday, February 9, 2014 @ 2:00 PM.

It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show! Watseka Theatre presents Tribute to The Beatles with American English. Come early for the Watseka Theatre’s great restaurant and full bar. All Ages. No seat is further than 40 ft from the stage. Tickets are on sale at the theatre, 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 November 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Marshall Tucker Band @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL Saturday February 15, 2014 @ 7:00 PM.

Valentines Day Weekend, Saturday, Feb.15, 2014 with One of the Best Southern Rock Bands Of All Time, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND. Come on out with your sweetheart to all hear all the greatest hits, “Heard It In A Love Song”, “Can’t You See”, “Fire On The Mountain”, “This Ole Cowboy”, “Searchin For A Rainbow”, “Long Hard Ride”, “24 Hours At A Time”, “Take The Highway”, “Blue Ridge Mountain”, etc… All Ages. Come early for a wonderful Valentines Day Dinner. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner and full bar. Showtime 7pm. No seat is further than 40 ft from the front of the stage. Back by popular demand! This is the third time, The Marshall Tucker Band will be performing at the Watseka Theatre. Their shows are always sensational. 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 November 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Queensryche starring Geoff Tate @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

Sunday, January 19, 2014 Martin Luther King Eve…no work, no school on the next day… Queensryche starring Geoff Tate …“The 25th Anniversary of Operation Mindcrime Tour”. This outragous rock band has sold over 20 Million Records. No seat is further than 20 feet from the front of the stage. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Show 7pm. All Ages. Tickets are on sale at the theatre, by phone 815 993-6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com .

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

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

Lisa Marie Presley @ Watseka Theatre Watseka, IL

Lisa Marie Presley headlines Watseka Theatre Watseka IL on Friday May 2, 2014. With all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it’s easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is at heart a simple Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45’s in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three. The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her new album Storm and Grace — an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, Storm and Grace is a marked departure from Presley’s previous albums, 2003’s gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005’s Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7:00pm. All Ages. No seat is further than 40 ft from the front of the stage. Tickets $45. 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 December 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Crystal Bowersox @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Friday, July 18, 2014

Crystal Bowersox has made it her mission to live life and her music to the fullest. With a gentle warmth and wisdom well beyond her years, the consummate artist has an uncompromising vision of herself and her music that is refreshing and rare. “I believe if you stand for something, stand your ground; stand it strong and stand it proud.” It is this fortitude and courageous spirit that resonated with millions night after night when the 2010 American Idol runner up took the stage. There is a sincerity and authenticity about her that just can’t be manufactured. The same can be said about her musical prowess, which has all the markings of a creative force to reckon with who is in it for the long haul. Her rich amalgam of blues, country, folk and rock makes her one of the most dynamic young voices in music to come along in years. She has performed alongside everyone from Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, and Alanis Morrisette, to Michael Franti, John Popper and BB King. All That For This, Crystal Bowersox’s sophomore release and Shanachie Entertainment debut, is a powerful testament of her talents as both a singer and songwriter, as well as her unerring musical vision. She confides, “I am more proud of this body of work then anything I’ve done before. If this music can move someone to tears or makes them smile, then I have really accomplished something. That’s all I can ask for.” Doors open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7pm. All Ages. Tickets $35. & $25. on sale at the theatre, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or online 24hrs a day www.watsekatheatre.com .

Watseka Theatre
218 East Walnut Street
Watseka, IL 60970

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on December 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

Badfinger featuring Joey Molland @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL SATURDAY MARCH 1, 2014 http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Badfinger featuring Joey Molland will rock the Watseka Theatre in Watseka IL on Saturday March 1, 2014. Originally Apple recording artists from England with worldwide hit songs; “Come And Get It”, “No Matter What”, “Without You”, “Day After Day” & “Baby Blue” (which was a hit a second time, #1 Rock Singles Chart i tunes in Oct 2013). Baby Blue was featured in the last scene of the finale of the most watched tv show of all time, “Breaking Bad”. The big question is now…Is Walt really dead? Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles south of Chicago. No seat is further than 40 ft from the front of the stage. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7:00pm. All Ages. Tickets are on sale at the theatre, charge by phone or online.

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

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on April 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Tom Keifer @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Friday, June 20, 2014

One of the best rock singer songwriters to come out of the 80’s. Tom Keifer’s new solo CD, “The Way Life Goes” is excellent. Two amazing tracks are “Solid Ground” & “The Flower Song”. Keifer is the lead singer, guitarist of Cinderella. MTV Million selling hits include “Don’t Know What You Got Till Its Gone”, “Gypsy Road”, “Shake Me”, “Coming Home”, “Nobody’s Fool”. No seat is further than 40 ft from the stage. Be prepared to be blown away! Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7pm. Tix on sale now 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 April 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Skid Row / Kill Devil Hill @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Sunday, July 13, 2014

80s / 90s MTV Metal Icons SKID ROW take over Watseka Theatre Watseka IL. Get ready for the hottest rock show in Central Illinois. Million selling hit songs include “I Remember You”, “18 And Life”, “Youth Gone Wild”, “Wasted Time”, “Monkey Business”, “Big Guns”, “Piece Of Me” , etc… Skid Row has sold over 20 Million records! Kill Devil Hill with Rex Brown of Pantera opens the concert. No seat is further than 40 ft feet from the stage. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Tix 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

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