21-29 S. Capitol Street,
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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.
Architects: Elmer F. Behrns
The Pekin Theatre continued the striking style of architect Elmer Behrns (the Egyptian Theatre in Dekalb, Illinois and the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois). The interior decor was in an Oriental style including ancient Chinese pogodas and Chinese goddess figures. Similiar to other theaters of the late-1920’s, the ceiling “stars” delivered the Atmospheric style to compliment the Oriental style decor.
The Pekin Theatre opened November 27, 1928 and closed in 1980. It was demolished seven years later.
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