101 W. Seminary Avenue,
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Onarga Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Modernistic Theatre, Modern Theatre, Mode Theatre
News About This Theater
- Nov 16, 2013 — Onarga Theater saved
- Sep 8, 2012 — More theaters closing; unable to make the jump to digital
- Jun 28, 2010 — Onarga Theater update
Built in 1894 as a hardware & furniture store. By 1914 one part of the building had become a movie theatre. Opened in 1937 as the Modernistic Theatre, this movie house was built in Art Moderne style on Seminary Avenue. A few years after it opened, the theatre’s name was shortened to the Modern Theatre. In the late-1940’s, it was acquired by the Kerasotes chain, which renamed the theatre by shortening its name once again, as the Mode Theatre.
In the late-1990’s, the theater was taken over by the same people who operate the Harvest Moon Drive-In in Gibson City. It is now known as the Onarga Theater.
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