South Town Theatre

1106 S. Grand Avenue East,
Springfield, IL 62703

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South Town Theatre

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Opened as the Empress Theatre in 1915, and renamed the South Town Theatre in 1938, when it was remodelled in an Art Deco style. The South Town Theatre closed in 1959 as a movie house.

It, however, has been wonderfully maintained, and its gorgeous Streamline Moderne marquee, which still says “South Town”, now advertises the stained glass studio now housed inside.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 5, 2007 at 9:53 pm

This is a more recent photo of the Southtown Theater building.

JimWalch
JimWalch on January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm

I would like to thank Lost Memory for posting the photos of the Southtown Theater. This is something I should have been doing but just don’t have the time, yet. The restoration is finished and it looks great. If you happen to visit Springfield, Illinois look us up and see the marquee lit up. It is on from dark to 1 AM everyday. If anyone is interested in owning this building email me.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 15, 2008 at 4:28 pm

This is a nice close-up photo of the Southtown Theater building.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, October 1947:

SPRINGFIELD, ILL.-The Springfield-Frisina Theater Co. has purchased the Southtown Theater building from the Springfield Marine Bank for $35,000. The Frisina Amusement Co. has been operating the Southtown, a 300-seater, in conjunction with Leo Burnstine for a number of years. Mrs. Harry Burnstine manages the theater.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Very nice job of restoring the marquee and front of building.

stormdog
stormdog on December 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I just edited and posted a number of photos of the Southtown Theater from a trip last year. Here’s one; there are more on my Flickr page if you’re interested.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stormdog42/11508097865/

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