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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DJMitchell
DJMitchell on July 8, 2014 at 10:54 pm

JACKYL @ WATSEKA THEATRE WATSEKA ILLINOIS

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Back by popular demand! It’s been nearly 20 years since Jackyl shot out of Georgia with its wild, untamed and uncouth approach to rock ‘n’ roll. 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. Full of spit and swagger — and a “dirty” sense of humor to boot — Jackyl quickly earned a deal with Geffen Records. Jackyl’s live shows were already legendary before the ink dried on the Geffen contract. 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 (815) 993-6585

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on July 18, 2014 at 1:18 am

JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE @ WATSEKA THEATRE WATSEKA IL

FRIDAY AUGUST 15, 2014

Tickets $25. on sale now at the theatre boxoffice, charge by phone 815-993-6585 or on line at http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Jack Russell’s Great White. Rock Anthems sold over 8 million records in 80s & 90s. These MTV darlings have a great rockin show with Multi Platinium hits “Once Bitten Twice Shy”, “Rock Me”, “Save Your Love”, “House Of Broken Love”, “Rollin Stoned”, “The Angel Song” & many more. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 Art Deco 375 seat Theatre located 92 miles south of Chicago. All Ages. doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7:00pm.

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970 (815) 993-6585

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on August 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Halloween Party with PUDDLE OF MUDD @ WATSEKA THEATRE WATSEKA IL

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Halloween Party with Puddle Of Mudd. The band has sold over seven million albums, and have had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles. Their major-label debut Come Clean has sold over five million copies. Major hit songs include “Blurry”, “Drift & Die”, “She Hates Me”, “Control”, “Psycho”, “We Don’t Have To Look Back Now”, “Famous” & “Livin On Borrowed Time”. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 Art Deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles south of Chicago. No seat is further than 40 feet from the stage. All Ages. Doors open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7pm. Tickets are on sale at the theatre boxoffice, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or on line at http://www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre, 218 E Walnut St, Watseka, IL 60970

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 4, 2014 at 5:17 am

Moonshine Bandits @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015

Country Rap Duo formed in California in 2003 and released their debut album, Soggy Crackerz.It was followed by Prohibition in 2006 and Divebars and Truckstops in 2010. Moonshine Bandits signed with Suburban Noize Records for the release of their fourth album, Whiskey and Women, in 2011. The music video for “My Kind of Country” premiered on CMT Pure Country in February 2012. In 2014, they partnered with Average Joes Entertainment for their fifth album, Calicountry.It debuting at #22 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number 126 on the Billboard 200. All Ages. Doors Open 5:30pm for full Bar, Pizza & Nachos. Tix $25. at the theatre, by phone 815 993 6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970 Doors Open 5:30pm for bar & food, Show 7pm (815) 993-6585

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 4, 2014 at 5:20 am

Leon Russell @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Legend…One of most talent musicians of all time! Million Selling Award Winning Hits include; “A Song For You”, “This Masquerade”, “Tight Rope”, “Superstar”, “Delta Lady” & #1 hit “Heartbreak Hotel”. Russell began his musical career at the age of 14 in Tulsa. He studied guitar with James Burton (Elvis Presley & Ricky Nelson). Known mostly as a session musician early in his career, playing with artists as varied as Jan & Dean, Gary Lewis, George Harrison, Gram Parsons, Delaney Bramlett, Ringo Starr, Doris Day, Elton John, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Willie Nelson, Badfinger, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass, Frank Sinatra, The Band, Bob Dylan, J.J. Cale, B.B. King,Dave Mason, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker and The Rolling Stones. In 2010 Elton John/ Leon Russell “The Reunion” # 3 hit album was released. They performed together on Saturday Night Live. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & Full bar. Show 7pm. Tix $40. at the theatre, by phone 815 993-6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970 (815) 993-6585

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 14, 2014 at 4:24 am

Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentines Weekend Rock N Roll Celebration with STARSHIP Featuring Mickey Thomas. One of the best live bands performing all their hits including; “We Built This City”, “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now”, “Sara”, “Jane”, “Find Your Way Back”, “Miracles”, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”, “Somebody To Love”, “White Rabbit”, “Count On Me”, “No Way Out”, “With Your Love”, “Runaway”, “Set The Night To Music” & “It’s Not Over”. Get ready for the great classic rock n roll music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Today! This is an amazing band! Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. No seat is further than 40 feet from the stage. Located 92 miles (2 hours) south of chicago. Doors Open 5:30pm for Valentines Dinner & Full Bar. Showtime is 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now at the theatre, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or on line www.watsekatheatre.com

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

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

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 19, 2014 at 3:25 am

Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Country Music Celebration with LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS. One of country music’s most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s. Gatlins had a total of 33 Top 40 singles. Their biggest hits together include “Broken Lady”, “All the Gold in California”, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”, “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby”, and “Talkin' to the Moon”. Larry Gatlin is known for his rich tenor voice and for the string of pop-inflected hit songs he wrote and recorded throughout the 1970s and 80s. During this time, country music trended heavily towards polished pop music arrangements in a style that came to be known as Countrypolitan. This is a rare chance for the Gatlins fans to see them in concert in Central Illinois. No seat is further than 50 ft from the stage. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles south of Chicago. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner and full bar. Showtime 7pm. Tix 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 Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar, show time 7pm All Ages (815) 993-6585

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Marty Stuart @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

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Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Valentines Day Country Music Celebration With MARTY STUART AND THE FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES. Five time Grammy Award Winner Marty Stuart returns to the Watseka Theatre with his fantastic band, great catalogue of hits as well as a wonderful new album, Saturday Night Sunday Morning. Million selling songs include; “Hillbilly Rock”, “Tempted”, “Luther’s Boogie”, “This One’s Gonna Hurt You”, “Little Things”, “Now That’s Country”, “The Whisky Aint Workin”, “I Cant Even Walk”, & “Country Boy Rock N Roll” . For 43 years, Marty Stuart has been one of country music’s most dedicated archeologists. Beyond his role as singer, songwriter and mandolin picker, the Mississippi native and longtime Grand Ole Opry star has been collecting and exploring nearly every aspect of the genre and its many subgenres. He has also taken on the active role of educating the public on country’s history, documenting through his archival efforts — as well as through his own extraordinary photography — the musicians, their instruments, stage costumes, songs and stories that would perhaps otherwise be lost to a whole new generation were it not for his passion. Sharing the stage with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt before he had even reached his teens, Stuart would also experience his musical (and indeed his life) education at the feet of other musical masters. As a traveling country hitmaker in the Eighties, Nineties and beyond, he would earn hit records (“The Whiskey Ain’t Workin'” with Travis Tritt, “Hillbilly Rock,” “Tempted”). He’d also play to bigger audiences and, perhaps not surprisingly, would also fall prey to the pitfalls of life on the road. But for the now 55-year-old musician (celebrating his birthday this week), who has been 10 years clean and sober and married to fellow Grand Ole Opry legend Connie Smith since 1997, life’s inescapable contradictions are at the heart of his latest musical effort, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. A double album that’s as dazzling as one of Porter Wagoner’s old Nudie suits now housed in Stuart’s vast personal archive, the LP of classic and original material explores the influence that both traditional country and gospel music have had on Stuart and his musical cohorts, three of Nashville’s most valuable players — drummer Harry Stinson, bass player Paul Martin and guitarist Kenny Vaughan. Stuart, like his old boss (and former father-in-law), Johnny Cash, also hosts a music-driven TV series, The Marty Stuart Show. A throwback to the country-music variety series of the Fifties and Sixties, the show airs on RFD-TV and wrapped up its sixth season earlier this year. Also, like Cash did in his lifetime, Stuart tends to dress all in black and he styles his graying hair so that much of it is pointed heavenward. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Located 92 miles south of Chicago. No seat is further than 50 ft from the stage. Doors Open 5:30pm for Valentines Dinner & full bar. Showtime is 7:00pm. Tix are on sale now at theatre, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or http://www.watsekatheatre.com

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on December 20, 2014 at 6:22 am

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 December 20, 2014 at 6:25 am

Riders In The Sky @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

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Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Salute To The King of The Cowboys, Roy Rogers. Outragous, wonderful, The Ultimate Entertainment Experience- Country Western Music, TV, Movie Stars, Two Time Grammy Award Winners, RIDERS IN THE SKY headline Watseka Theatre. RITS music has been featured in Toy Story 2 & Monsters Inc. Say No More It’s Freddy Labour opens the concert. How many times can I say, Wonderful ! All Ages. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & bar. Showtime 7pm. Tix $45. on sale at the theatre, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com

Watseka Theatre
218 East Walnut Street
Watseka, IL 60970

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