Lux Theatre

110-14 N. Main Street,
Edwardsville, IL

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Built for Olin Giese in 1920 as the Oh Gee (taken from Giese’s initials), this theater on Main Street sat around 700. It was very short-lived, however, due to competition from the larger and fancier Wildey Theatre, and closed in less than two years.

Seventeen years later, the long-disued theater was remodeled and reopened as the Lux. It remained in operation until the late 50s, and afterwards was converted over to retail use, which it continues to be used for.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Here is part of a June 3, 1958 article in the Edwardsville Intelligencer:

The Lux Theater, originally known in yesteryears as the Oh-Gee, will pass into Edwardsville history Saturday night at 11:15 when the concluding reel of the last performance reaches “finis”. Announcing Tuesday his decision to shut down the theater portion of the building as of Saturday night, owner Clyde Metcalf said he was doing so to devote more time to the real estate and insurance business.

In response to a question Metcalf indicated that he did not expect the theater space to remain dormant for any appreciable length of time. Metcalf came here in 1942 to assume management of the Lux, having at that time an interest also in theaters in Jerseyville and Girard in partnership with Ballard & Horn.

Originally the building here was a combination hardware and grocery store, operated by the late William Kriege. When Kriege retired from business, Olin Giese bought the property, remodeled and enlarged it for theater operations. Renamed the Giese building, the theater was christened the Oh-Gee. Years later it became the Lux.

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