Mattoon Theater

1421 Broadway,
Mattoon, IL 61938

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Two different houses called the Mattoon Theatre are conflated in the current description for this theater. The 1920s section of a time line of Mattoon History has this item: “1921 – George Kizer builds Mattoon Theater for motion pictures at 1421 Broadway.”

The 1910s section of the same time line says that the original Mattoon Theatre, which was at 20th and Prairie, was destroyed by a fire in 1916. That house at 2000 Prairie was the one built in 1896 and designed by Charles Mitchell.

MoonDogGuy on May 25, 2009 at 8:27 pm

While in high school during the mid-1970s, I worked at the Mattoon Theatre, Times Theatre, and Skyway Drive-In in Mattoon when they were all owned and operated by Frisina. Really liked working at all three.