Kee Theatre

217 W. 2nd Street,
Kewanee, IL 61443

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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp., Great States, Publix Theaters Corporation

Functions: Church

Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: Plaza Theatre

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Kee Theatre, Kewanee, IL

The Plaza Theatre was opened by July 1927 and was designed in an Atmospheric style. It was renamed Kee Theatre in 1938 and became part of the Publix Great States Theatres chain. It was destroyed by a fire in 1942.

The Kee Theatre was rebuilt but at a slightly different address 221 W. 2nd Street and closed in 1952.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2018 at 4:33 pm

It was actually 1942 when the Kee was lost to a fire that destroyed a big chunk of Kewanee’s business district. This is the item that was published in the April 15 issue of Motion Picture Daily:

“Two Houses Burned

“Kewanee, Ill., April 14. — The Rialto and Kee theatres were among the 70 buildings which were razed or damaged when fire swept through the heart of this city’s business district yesterday.”

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