Senate Theater

509 E. Monroe Street,
Springfield, IL 62701

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SENATE Theatre; Springfield, Illinois, after 1940s remodeling.

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This Springfield theater opened in 1909 as the Gaiety. It was located on Monroe Street near Fifth Street. It was later renamed the Senate and continued to operate until 1983 when it was closed.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Two photos of the Senate Theatre from the Illinois Digital Archives:

Front view, January, 1949

Marquee and entrance by night, 1946

This 2009 article about the centennial of Kerasotes Theatres indicates that Gus Kerasotes bought the Gaiety Theatre and renamed it the Senate in 1929. The Senate was the last theater operating in downtown Springfield when it closed in 1983.

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