117 S. Limestone Street,
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Regent Theatre is located on South Limestone Street in downtown Springfield just one block up from the State Theatre on South Fountain Avenue. It was originally built as a vaudeville theatre, and during this period and up to the 1950’s, the office of Gus Sun, a relatively well known vaudeville booking agent/manager, was above the theatre. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
The Regent Theatre was a single screen theatre with a balcony, which would later serve as a second screen to make Regent Cinemas. The Regent Cinemas was closed by Chakeres in January 1991 and is currently for sale.
The Regent Theatre has had a lot of groups look at it, but sadly, like a lot of Chakeres Theatres, years of neglect before it’s closing, in addition to being empty for over a decade, each passing day gets darker for the Regent Theatre.
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