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.

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DJMitchell
DJMitchell on November 27, 2013 at 6:15 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 1:25 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 April 2, 2014 at 1:12 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 1:14 pm

Skid Row / Kill Devil Hill @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

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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

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on July 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

The Association @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

Saturday September 13, 2014.

One of the greatest rock vocal groups of the 1960s. Million selling hit singles include #1 “Windy”, #1 “Cherish”, #2 “Never My Love”, #5 “Along Comes Mary”, #9 “Everything That Touchs You”. How many people have seen the Windy 7up commerical with Brad Garrett? Thousands of people used “Cherish” or “Never My Love” as their first dance at their wedding reception. “Never My Love” is the second most played song on the radio of all time. How many memories do you have of The Association? Don’t miss this wonderful band! This will be special salute to our veterans! Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. No seat is further than 50 ft from the stage. All Ages. Located 92 miles south of Chicago. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7pm. Tickets only $40. on sale at the theatre boxoffice, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or online http://www.watsekatheatre.com

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

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on July 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

Ozark Mountain Daredevils @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

Friday October 3, 2014.

Southern Rock Million Selling hit songs include “Jackie Blue” & “If You Want To Get To Heaven”. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils continue to enjoy a cult popularity today. After 35 years of service to their craft, the music and the group have truly withstood the test of time. This is why they are one of America’s most original and enduring bands. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 Art Deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles south of Chicago. Doors Open 5:30pm for full bar and restaurant. Showtime is 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.watsekatheatre.com

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

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on July 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

The Grascals @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL

Saturday October 11, 2014

The Grascals is a six-piece bluegrass band hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 2004, the band has since gained a level of notability by playing on the Grand Ole Opry and in bluegrass festivals around the country. In 2005 the band won the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year Award, as well as the Song of the Year award for “Me and John and Paul”. In 2006 and 2007, they won the IBMA Entertainer of the Year. The Grascals have released two albums, both on Rounder Records. The first self-titled debut featured guest vocals from Dolly Parton on Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas”. Their 2006 album, Long List of Heartaches, features artists such as Steve Wariner, George Jones, The Jordanaires, and Dierks Bentley. Their third album, Keep on Walkin’, came out July 15, 2008. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Its located 92 miles south of Chicago. Doors open 5:30pm for full bar and restaurant. Showtime 7pm. All Ages admitted. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.watsekatheatre.com

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

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on July 8, 2014 at 7:54 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 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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 4:04 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

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