Washington Theater

425 Hampshire Street,
Quincy, IL 62301

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gcwalz on July 26, 2020 at 12:13 pm

The Washington Theater Redevelopment Group is searching for any old photos and/or informatin this group might have regarding the theater’s years of operation, 1924-1982. If you have any materials that you would be willing to share or know of someone who may have any of these type of materials, please contact us at – we will be happy to post some additional photos, both archival and redevelopment here as well.

Mister_Comics on August 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm

The Washington Theater is now open for special events. I was there Aug. 9, 2018. See some of the photos in the PHOTOS section that I posted. Just across the Park (Washington Park) the Quincy Museum has information on the theater on display. This was the 1st theater to show a “talkie” in Quincy, Illinois. BTW, the famous 1858 Lincoln – Douglas sixth debate took place in Washington Park.

robboehm on March 26, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Uploaded the ad for the opening of the talkie The Lion and the Mouse from the Quincy Public Library collection.

robboehm on March 26, 2016 at 2:55 pm

The Do You Remember site of the University of Illinois cites June 16, 1914 as the opening date as a vaudeville house with the first film being shown as The Temple of Venus on January 16, 1926 and the first talkie, The Lion and the Mouse on November 4, 1928.

TriStateFans on October 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm

The renovations of the Washington are underway, and the house is “safe” to open up for special fundraising events (even though the venue is far from finished.

You can read about their progress by checking out their website, http://quincywashingtontheater.org/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm

This house appears to have opened as the Washington Square Theatre. Click the thumbnail at left for an interior photo on this page with a photo of the front. The May 3, 1924, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item:

“The new Washington Square Theatre, Quincy, Ill., will open on June 15, according to present plans. ‘If Winter Comes’ will be the opening feature.”

CarltonSmith on September 4, 2013 at 7:01 pm

The information above on the organ in the Washington Theatre is incorrect! The Washington had a 3/7 Barton organ (1924). The Orpheum Theatre in Quincy had the Wurlitzer, a style B (1924).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

Here is a link to photographer Edmund J. Kowalski’s photos of the Washington Theatre taken June 25, 2005, before the house was restored.

TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Wow the marquee sure looks a lot better now.

Scott on February 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

Apparently the Washington Theatre received a newly renovated marquee on Sept. 11, 2009. The theatre also received new entrance doors and entrance tile. They look excellent. For more information on this and the planned renovation, see the theatre’s web site, which is listed in the description above.

kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Too bad this venue is still deteriorating…here it is in summer 1995:
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Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 1, 2007 at 11:59 pm

I passed by here today. From the outside, it appears to be in very bas shape. The outer skin is all that remains of the marquee. Walk underneath it and you can see the sky above you. It has murals of its former glory painted on the doors—similar to what has been done on several buildings in Gary, IN. The same has been done for the upper windows of the building next door.

chrisoverly on July 20, 2006 at 12:43 am

The offical website for the theatre is http://www.washingtoncentral.org

chrisoverly on July 20, 2006 at 12:21 am

Actually the outside of the building is of the Mediterranean Revival Style. They are currently trying to raise money to restore/update it, and are around 1/30th of the way to their goal. Also the Adams Theatre which they speak of is now used for a religious group.