Galva Theater

333 Market Street,
Galva, IL 61434

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Galva Theater

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This movie house was opened in 1927 and could seat about 350. It continued to operate until 1969, and was later used as an American Legion hall. It was demolished in August 2016.

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johnmugs
johnmugs on July 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I don’t remember the exact year, but it was in the mid 1960’s. A total eclipse of the sun prompted the Galva Theater to offer a free showing of “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. The theater taped black construction paper over all the windows in order to protect all the children in attendance from the supposedly harmful rays of the eclipse. Funny thing was, the show was jammed with little kids filling the isles, creating a fire hazard far greater than anything the sun was dishing out that day.

RickB
RickB on November 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

According to Boxoffice, in 1946 the owners of the Galva had purchased an adjoining building and were planning to expand the theater into a twin—a novelty at the time. The second screen was to have had about 250 seats and would have operated three or four nights a week.

SethG
SethG on April 3, 2018 at 10:43 am

This has been demolished, along with the large building to the right.

SethG
SethG on April 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm

For what it’s worth, I think the demolition happened in August 2016.

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