1600 2nd Avenue,
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Architects: George H. Johnston
The Illinois Theatre opened on December 26, 1901. It was designed by architect George H. Johnston and one of the promotors of the theatre was soon to be architect John Eberson. It operated successfully as a live theatre for several years, hosting travelling stage companies, vaudeville, musical performances and sporting events. By 1916, it had become a movie house.
The theatre was remodeled and updated in 1920, but was open only intermittently for the next several years. In 1929, the interior of the structure was largely gutted for conversion to a Montgomery Ward department store.
In its later years, the building was occupied by a furniture store, until 2005, when it was taken over by the Quad Cities YWCA. Today, the ground floor is occupied by a used clothing store run by the organization.
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