Grand Theatre

16 S. Main Street,
Harrisburg, IL 62946

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Previously operated by: Turner-Farrar Theaters

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The Grand Theatre was opened December 23, 1914 with 585 seats. It was enlarged to 900 seats in 1925. This theatre was operated by the Turner-Farrar Theatres chain in the 1950’s, along with the Orpheum Theatre. The Grand Theatre was torn down in the 1970’s and replaced by a parking lot.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on March 14, 2009 at 11:39 am

This photo from wikipedia shows the location of the former Grand Theater on Main Street:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 1, 2018 at 4:20 pm

A brief history of Harrisburg’s theaters published in the June 28, 1965, issue of the Eldorado Illinois Eldorado Daily Journal said that the Grand Theatre was originally built in 1914, opening on December 23 with 585 seats. It was remodeled and expanded to accommodate 900 seats in 1925.

Oscar L. Turner, Sr. was in the theater business in Harrisburg from September, 1908, when he and his brother W. T. Turner took over operation of the Star Theatre. S. M. Farrar’s connection with Turner began with the formation of the Colonial Amusement Company in 1912. Turner-Farrar Theatres was incorporated in 1945, the successor to several corporations Turner and/or Farrar had been involved with that had operated theaters in the region.

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