126 S. Locust Street,
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Illinois Theatre (Official)
Architects: Rudolph Zersus Gill
Firms: Gill & Fath
Previous Names: Fox Illinois Theatre
News About This Theater
- Jul 8, 2008 — AAA Magazine article focuses on Midwest theaters
The Illinois Theatre, located on Locust Street, was opened on January 16, 1922. By the 1940’s it was operated by Fox Midwest Theatres. Frome the late-1970’s until the early-1990’s it was operated by BAC Theatres. Kerasotes Theatres then took over. After Kerasotes Theatres opened the Plaza 5 Theatres in Centralia they closed the Illinois Theatre in December 2001.
In the fall of 2004, Kerasotes donated the Illinois Theatre to the city of Centralia for future use as a live venue. Renovations to date include the relighting of the marquee and the interior of the entrance lobby.
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