Watseka Theatre

218 E. Walnut Street,
Watseka, IL 60970

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DJMitchell
DJMitchell on July 31, 2015 at 4:21 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

DJMitchell
DJMitchell on June 27, 2015 at 1:21 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 June 1, 2015 at 12:02 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 April 5, 2015 at 12:26 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 March 7, 2015 at 12:36 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 February 28, 2015 at 4:15 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 December 20, 2014 at 9:22 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

rocmaven
rocmaven on May 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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 .

rocmaven
rocmaven on May 25, 2011 at 8:41 am

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 1, 2011 at 2:55 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.

mp775
mp775 on January 6, 2008 at 11:09 am

Sounds like a first class restoration job; I can’t wait to get down there to check it out.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 6, 2008 at 12:41 am

Well as you know if you now click the above you now can no longer read the article or see the photos. I don’t really expect anyone to subscribe to the Journal just to read this one article. I guess there must be some some way to scan the article and photos, but I don’t know how to do that so I will just type it out. Is that legal? My typing isn’t the greatest, sorry for any mistakes, wish we had spell check. Sorry about the photos.
From the Kankakee, Illinois, Daily Journal, Friday, December 28,2007

Local couple restores an art deco theater

Watseka—On New Year’s Eve, when the restored Watseka Theatre will reopen to the public after nine years, guests won’t get popcorn and a movie.

Instead they will get a look at what a former Cissna Park music teacher has been daydreaming about for 30 years—a hub for art and culture.

That former teacher, Chuck Gormez, and Debra Liddell, a dentist, will reopen The Watseka Theatre not as a movie house, but as a performing arts center available to rent.

The 1931 structure, which Gomez called an art deco treasure, is much more than a theater now. The building has a new bar, cafe, lounge and banquet room complete with closed-circuit television to watch the acts next door.

So far, the only other event (besides the New Year’s Eve Party) nailed down is a March 29 (2008) benefit by the Iroquois County Historical Society that will feature a singing act called the Sweethearts of Branson, Mo. But Gomez says that many local organizations are interested in bringing performers to Watseka or in using the building for their own dances, concerts and recitals.

The restoration has even attracted the attention of a filmaker who is working on a documentary about the project and will include interviews with local people, Gomez said.

A ‘brutal’ job

Gomez makes a living as a special events producer and produces the Columbia College graduation in Chicago each year. However, he has never restored a theater.

This isn’t just any theater, though. Gomez said that Louis Skidmore (1897-1962), the architect for the Hancock Center and the Sears Tower, designed the building.

It’s also seeped in local history. Gomez has heard stories from local couples who met and fell in love there, and even of a small group of men who pledged to enlist after hearing the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor moments before the movie started.

Liddel and Gomez, who live in Watseka, bought the theater last spring and began cleaning it out. The basement was practecally filled with debris.

“We spent two month just cleaning,” Gomez said, “It was brutal.”

Since then. the theater partners have used “ever contractor in Watseka”

While he had copies of the original blueprints, some elements were too expensive to restore. Take the crowns and sconces inside the theater. The original crowns were made from horsehair and plaster and were mounted atop columns of black-painted brick on either side of the theater. They would have been prohibitively expensive to replace, so FP Fiberglass' Fred Cahoe and Scott Burdick turned out replicas of these and other plaster decor that had fallen victims to water damage.

Cahoe said it was a challenging job because the goal was to make the fiberglass look like plaster, not a smooth, contemporary looking surface. “You want to make sure the flaws are back in it,” said Cahoe. “Plaster doesn’t have a certain design.”

Painting a new era

The theraer has been downsized from more than 600 seats to 425 new, wider theater chairs.

The auditorium originally had a shallow stage in front of the movie screen for vaudeille acts. The theater was built as the movies were eclipsing the older style of live entertainment. In a way, the renovation project is a throwback because the movie screen has been relocated to the rear wall of the stage area opening up a much larger space for singer, dancers, actors and musicians.

Several original murals are also in the process of being redone. Watseka artist Kathy Blunk created an impressionistic vision of the princess Watch-e-kee (after whom Watseka is named) for the lobby. Liddell painted a new Native American warrior to replace the faded one on the right-hand side of the stage. The image has been emlarged to about 20 feet high and is being hung this week. Originally, there was another male on the left hand side of the stage. However, Liddell is replacing him with a female Native American bearing a dream catcher, instead of a weapon.

In the lobby, art deco touches can be seen in the original terazzo floor, original floor-to-ceiling columns and in the original houndstooth crown moulding, which meets a scalloped design around the edge of the ceiling. The lobby color scheme is teal, nougat and rust — an art deco color scheme, according to Gomez.

The houndstooth is reminiscent of arrows, a design element that was present on the sconces and on the valance over the stage. The black vlance had to be mostly reconstructed, although it’s ready to to put up. In addition to arrowheads, it bears images of large water birds native to this area, which migrate in arrow formations.

And while the marquee still awaits transformation into a white-on-black neon sign, Gomez said Monday that 90 percent of the planned restortation will be finshed by New Year’s Eve.

Photo: Both the original chandelier and scoces survive in the lobby of the Watseka Theatre. An even larger, original chandelier hangs in the auditorium.

Photo: Debra Liddell holds up some of the artwork she had hand crafted for the Watseka Theatre.

Photo: Mike Brubach, of Bradley, and Dave Gudeman, of Dave’s Carpentry in Watseka, hang the crowns above the columns in the Watseka Theatre on Monday morning.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!”

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Nice article about the theater in the December 28, 2007 Kankakee, Illinois, Daily Journal
View link

“Gee Dad, it was a WurliTzer!”

toothslayer
toothslayer on November 8, 2007 at 8:25 am

www.watsekatheatre.com Visit this site for current information regarding this fabulous Art Deco Theatre. It is opening with style, grace and a huge gala on New Years Eve, 2007.

WTM
WTM on June 8, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Please feel free to contact me with any info or any questions!

WTM
WTM on June 8, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Contributed by Watseka Theatre, Charles Gomez.

Not Bryan Krefft!

P.S.
I love your site here and have spent way too much of my time looking up oh so many of your listed theaters. Thanks for a great web site!
Peace,
chuck,

titus
titus on March 11, 2007 at 7:27 am

Does anyone know the current status of this theatre ?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 26, 2006 at 10:05 am

From the Kankakee, Illinois THE DAILY JOURNAL “has been closed since 1998 and is offered for sale”.

BoxOffice70MM
BoxOffice70MM on October 10, 2005 at 9:57 pm

I would love to go and revive this theatre, its a small farm town, some first runs some classics,,, I have excellent ideas for programing.