Elmo Theater

516 N. Main Street,
St. Elmo, IL 62458

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Elmo Theater, St. Elmo, IL

The Elmo Theater opened in 1941 on Saint Elmo’s Main Street, to replace an earlier theater of the same name on the site which was destroyed by a fire in 1940.

It features a brick, fairly plain facade, but its signage is its real highlight. The triangular marquee, now missing its glass, exposing where the neon tubing once was, featured a large “E” on its front. The vertical sign was L-shaped, reaching up from the top of the marquee towards the facade, with the theater’s name at one time illuminated by neon lights.

The Elmo has been closed as a movie house since 1979. In 2006, the St. Elmo Historical Society began working on the renovation and restoration of the theater.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Stormy & Mark Dilley

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 30, 2007 at 12:32 am

There are additional photos on this site:
http://tinyurl.com/2o7jf6

mlovest87
mlovest87 on March 21, 2008 at 2:51 am

I live in Vandalia and I have worked in plenty of movie theaters….. if you need help with this one my husband and I would like to help out.

mlovest87
mlovest87 on March 21, 2008 at 2:52 am

This will be such a nice place when it is done….

my email:

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 1, 2008 at 3:25 am

Wouldn’t the blaze that destroyed the original theater be called St. Elmo’s Fire? Maybe it was started by Emilio Estevez.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 9, 2009 at 1:31 am

According to the link jwballer gave, the fire was in the flower shop next door, the theater suffered minor damage at most.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I bet it looked good back in the day.

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