Town Theater

100 S. Benton Street,
New Athens, IL 62264

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Architects: Frank P. Riester, Otto W. Rubach

Firms: Riester & Rubach

Functions: Senior Center

Previous Names: Community Theater

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Town Theater, New Athens, IL

The 650-seat Community Theater opened in 1921 and also contained a dance hall. It was renamed Town Theater in 1940 and was closed in 1965.

The building is now home to a senior center.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2021 at 8:37 pm

The April 23, 1921 issue of Moving Picture World ran this item:

“$50,000 New Athens House

“NEW ATHENS, ILL.-Peoples Co-operative Amusement Company has plans by Reister [sic] & Rubach, Murphy Building, East St. Louis, for one-story brick moving picture theatre and dance hall, 53 by 100 feet, with seating capacity of 650, to cost $50,000.”

The correct names of the architects are Frank P. Riester and Otto W. Rubach.

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