Irvin Theatre

204 E. Jefferson Street,
Bloomington, IL 61701

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One of two downtown Bloomington movie houses (the recently renovated and reopened Castle Theatre being the other), the Irvin Theatre was a center of entertainment from the time it opened in 1915 until it closed in 1981.

It was demolished after closing, and for many years, its auditorium seats had been stored in the Castle Theatre during its many years of being shuttered.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2011 at 6:52 am

The Irvin Theatre, according to entries on this web page, was under construction in April, 1915. That same year, the November issue of The International Confectioner listed the Irvin Theatre Candy Shop at Bloomington in its new businesses section. The theater most likely opened about the same time.

The July 22, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the owner of the Irvin Theatre, Clarence E. Irvin, had closed his older Princess Theatre, which had been located at 412 N. Main Street.

Clarence Irvin operated several other theaters in Bloomington at various times, including the Castle and the Illini. He eventually entered into various arrangements with both the Midwest Theatres circuit and Publix Great States Theatres.

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