117 S. Limestone Street,
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Architects: Charles Howard Crane
Previous Names: New Regent Theatre, Regent Cinemas
News About This Theater
- Dec 12, 2007 — First step to save Regent Theater taken
Regent Theatre is located on S. 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 on the site of the Grand Opera House, 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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