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.

Further information on this theater would be appreciated.

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CentPlan
CentPlan on January 9, 2007 at 4:11 am

The City of Centralia has just received a sizeable Illinois State Tourism Bureau grant for renovation. Local fundraising continues, but we hope to begin renovation in early summer, and open for shows by the Holiday 2007 season!
p.s. I have a key to the building if anyone wants to see the inside, just give me a call.
Garrett Anderson (618)533-7623

CentPlan
CentPlan on January 9, 2007 at 4:14 am

While the load photo function is down – see photos at http://city.centralia.il.us/index.pl?id=2628

RaneyOnline
RaneyOnline on May 20, 2007 at 8:41 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
dabroots on June 9, 2007 at 12:22 pm

For a photo of the Illinois Theater that I snapped while visiting my hometown in late 2006, click http://pics.livejournal.com/dabroots/pic/000b05g3

bodkin6071
bodkin6071 on April 22, 2008 at 6:57 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
bodkin6071 on May 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Picture from February 1985:
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bodkin6071
bodkin6071 on July 10, 2009 at 2:10 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
bodkin6071 on July 14, 2009 at 8:52 am

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

dschmeink
dschmeink on August 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

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

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