200-05 East 2nd Street,
1 person favorited this theater
The Temple Theatre opened inside the Western Star Lodge of the I.O.O.F. and the theatre opened in 1906. The theatre portion seated 1102. It was about the size of the American theatre in St. Louis. Its first talking picture was shown in 1913. The theatre at that time was billed as the best equipped in the state south of Chicago.
The theatre building had a fire in the basement in 1937 which was the second one within ten days. The theatre portion was not damaged but the lobby was and would prevent entry into the theatre. By this time competition from the two newer theatres in Alton had cut into the Temple business and they management decided not to reopen the theatre. The theatre portion of the building was torn out of the building after another fire in 1941.
Many retail businesses occupied the building until another fire in in 1976. Plagued by a history of fires the city deemed the building unsafe and it was demolished in 1976.
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater