Orpheum Theatre

316 S. Main Street,
Hillsboro, IL 62049

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Orpheum Theatre 2011

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This theatre originally opened as the 600 seat capacity Fellis Theatre in the 1920’s. It operated as a vaudeville house with a combination of live acts and movies. It was renamed Orpheum Theatre in 1929. By the early-1940’s it was operated by the Frisina Amusement Co. It ran continuously until 2000 and closed for about two years. In 2002, new seats and DTS stereo was added in addition to marquee restoration.

A new operator took over in 2003 and the theatre is more vibrant than ever with almost a cult following of regular customers from as far away as St. Louis and Springfield, IL. The balcony was converted to a second auditorium in the early-1980’s and is still that way.

Contributed by Jeff Eisentraut

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TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on December 3, 2005 at 7:23 am

An excellent link regarding this theater in greater detail can be seen here:

http://www.thejournal-news.net/orpheum

Also, the theater’s official website:

http://www.bestmoviedeal.com

mlovest87
mlovest87 on March 21, 2008 at 3:07 am

this is a wonderful theatre… i enjoy going there.

EdBaumgarten
EdBaumgarten on March 5, 2012 at 3:08 am

My photoset from the Orpheum:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/baument/sets/72157624557813941/

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