Times Theater

222 Main Street,
Savanna, IL 61074

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Savanna Times Theater

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This movie house opened in 1943 and was twinned in 1979. It is still in operation today under independent ownership.

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Seth
Seth on May 8, 2004 at 4:46 am

I think the Times is a small regional chain. I seem to recall some others from my roadtrip. The lower story appears to be covered in black plywood, and the marquee looks like it was ruined during the ‘60s or '70s.

PaulMayer
PaulMayer on June 8, 2006 at 10:20 pm

The Savanna Times Theater now has their own website at:

http://savannatimestheater.com

You can also see a photo of the theater at:

View link

Andy69
Andy69 on October 1, 2006 at 6:29 am

The theater was renovated from a single-screen to a twin in 1979. The theater shut down in either January or February of ‘79 and reopened as a twin theater around June or July of that same year. One of the first features to play in the twin theater that summer was “The Muppet Movie”, followed a week or two later by “Apocalypse Now”, both of which my dad took me to see… since I hadn’t quite turned ten yet. Eastwood’s “Every Which Way But Loose” was one of the last movies to play on the theater’s single screen before it was shut down for the remodeling.

dennisbowman
dennisbowman on April 10, 2007 at 8:39 pm

The Times Theatre was purchased in May 1979 by Dennis Bowman of Savanna, Il and operated as a single screen until November when it closed for remodeling. The Times Twin Theatre opened in December 1979 showing “Muppet Movie” and “Starting Over”. The first manager of the new operation was Konrad Radke.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 31, 2007 at 10:58 pm

In 1963, the Marchesi brothers owned the Times. August Marchesi was president and film buyer. Other Marchesi theaters in Illinois were the Amboy in Amboy and the Town in Prophetstown.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 14, 2012 at 5:17 am

After a brief closure in August, 2012, the Times Theater has reopened under new management. See this note, posted on the Big Screen Cinema Guide site.

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