McLean Theatre

Eastside Square,
McLeansboro, IL 62859

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Previously operated by: Pirtle Circuit

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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McLean Theatre

The McLean Theatre was opened in 1940, it was a designed in Streamline Moderne style. Closed in the 1970’s, it was last used as a teen safe house. It had been demolished by 2021.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 26, 2005 at 3:15 am

A seating capacity of 500 is given in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook.

plasticfootball on March 13, 2008 at 11:59 am

The last time I saw the McLean (maybe 2003 or so), all of the “fancy” seen on the ‘43 postcard was gone—marquee, Vitrolite, neon, etc.—and it was barely recognizable as a former movie theater. The interior was stripped down to the outer walls, and there were gaping holes in the roof. This one’s finished.

Remo007 on September 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

The McLean theater was re-opened in the 1980’s for a few years. I’m going to say 1982-1988 or thereabouts. It was my first job, working concessions in 1984. The manager at that time was Tracey Webb; after I left the job to go to college in the fall of 1985 I didn’t keep up with the place, but I think it stayed open another three years or so before Tracey closed it. After that it was a furniture showroom for a long time, and now I think the entire building is gone and the lot is a car dealership lot.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on September 13, 2021 at 2:24 pm

This building has been demolished. It is now a vacant lot.

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