Empire Theatre

143 W. Monroe Avenue,
Chrisman, IL 61924

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The Empire Theatre opened by 1926 when it had 450 seats. It stood on W. Monroe Avenue. The theatre was destroyed in a fire on March 19, 1959.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 4, 2018 at 11:52 am

The March 30, 1959, issue of Boxoffice reported that the 340-seat Empire Theatre at Chrisman, Illinois, had been destroyed by a fire on March 19. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley R. Kent, indicated no plans to rebuild.

The two buildings flanking the theater in the vintage photo are still standing on the south side of the town square. The bank on the corner has built an addition on the space once occupied by the theater. The bank uses the address 147 W. Monroe, so the theater’s address must have been slightly lower, perhaps 143 W. Monroe.

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