Minonk Theatre

461 Oak Street,
Minonk, IL 61760

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The Minonk Theatre opened in 1937 seating 500. It closed in 1985 and was destroyed by a fire in 1998.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 18, 2005 at 10:04 am

The style of the Minonk theater is listed as Art Deco. Here is a brief history of this theater.

“The Minonk Theater was started in the Sutton building in the 400 block of Oak Street in 1938. The building narrowly escaped being burned down when the entire block to the north of the theater burned down in 1940. Baily Enterprises owned the theater until 1950 when they sold it to the Sutton Brothers who ran it until 1967 when it was temporarily closed due to lack of business. The increased popularity of television and the increased mobility of people caused most small town theaters to close.

Wayne Witte, son of Bob Witte, eventually bought the theater building in 1970 and continued to operate it until the 1980’s. The theater burned down in the early 1990’s when sparks from a welding tool used to cut down the marquee started a fire in the roof".

A small photo of the Minonk Theater is here:
http://www.minonktalk.com/theater.jpg

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