Illinois Theatre

126 S. Locust Street,
Centralia, IL 62801

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Illinois Theatre

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The Illinois Theatre, located on Locust Street, was closed in 2001 by its last operator, Kerasotes Theatres, after Kerasotes opened the Plaza 5 Theatres in Centralia.

In the fall of 2004, Kerasotes donated the Illinois Theatre to the city of Centralia for future use as a live venue.

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CentPlan on January 9, 2007 at 7:14 am

While the load photo function is down – see photos at

RaneyOnline on May 20, 2007 at 11:41 pm

Good Luck with the renovations. I hope you are able to open and find success. Hart Theater in Effingham and Plaza Theater in Mt.Vernon are also struggling. Maybe a special theater-owners group should be formed to share information with each other?

dabroots on June 9, 2007 at 3:22 pm

For a photo of the Illinois Theater that I snapped while visiting my hometown in late 2006, click

bodkin6071 on April 22, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Was this theatre ever a twin? I found some movie listings from 1985 and it shows it as having two movies every night. On July 2, 1985 it was showing The Goonies and Return To Oz. It was listed as being “on the mall” and operated by BAC Theatres. Or am I thinking about a different “Illinois” in Centralia?

bodkin6071 on May 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Picture from February 1985:
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bodkin6071 on July 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm

The Illinois was operated by BAC Theaters from the late 70’s to the early 90’s, and by Kerasotes from there to 2001.

bodkin6071 on July 14, 2009 at 11:52 am

The site lists this as being a single screen, but actually the Illinois was a twin.

dschmeink on August 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Great news that the city preserved this theatre. The inside is impressive and was well-maintained. A diamond in the rough no doubt.

bodkin6071 on October 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Going back 31 years… the Illinois was showing the following:

6/28/85: The Goonies and Return To Oz 7/3/85: Back to the Future and The Emerald Forest 7/24/85/: Back to the Future and The Black Cauldron 8/2/85: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and The Heavenly Kid 8/9/85: Pale Rider and My Science Project 8/16/85: Return of the Living Dead and My Science Project 8/23/85: Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird and National Lampoon’s European Vacation 8/30/85: Summer Rental and Teen Wolf

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