213 W. Walnut Street,
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Previous Names: Star Theatre, Little Theatre, Bon-Air Theatre
The Star Theatre opened as a vaudeville & picture theatre in 1910. In 1915 the seating capacity was enlarged to 400-seats. It was equipped with a pipe organ in 1917. It was closed in summer of 1931. It reopened as the Little Theatre 1934. It was destroyed by fire on September 10, 1936, just minutes after the matinee performance had begun.
A new theatre was built on the site, which opened in April 1941 as the Bon-Air Theatre. It was closed in 1960. It reopened in 1980 but closed again in 1985. It reopened in 1994 as a theatre for stand-up comedy and in 1995 it was renamed Princess Theatre. It was closed in 2012.
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From the Kankakee, Illinois Daily Journal, April 24, 2006. The theatre closed in January 2006 and opened April 21 2006, under a new name and new ownership (renting). It’s now called the REEL TO REAL I (II will open soon in the PRINCESS II at 103 W. Oak St.). First-run family-oriented films will be shown. 815.432.4461
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The opening of the Bon-Air Theatre was noted in the April 11, 1941, issue of The Film Daily: