Lux Theatre

110-14 N. Main Street,
Edwardsville, IL

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kencmcintyre on March 14, 2009 at 12:53 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.