Grand Theatre

311 W. 2nd Street,
Rock Falls, IL 61071

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Grand Theatre

This simple theatre appears on the 1910 Sanborn, in a small tin-clad wooden building. This was almost certainly a purpose-built theatre, as it replaced a livery stable from the 1903 map. The Grand Theatre was opened in October 1910.

The theatre remained in operation in 1916, but was closed by 1920 and demolished many years ago. A little cinderblock bar of indeterminate vintage is located here today.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 12, 2022 at 5:52 pm

This list of Rock Falls businesses in the year 1913 lists 311 W. 2nd Street as the location of The Grand. As it doesn’t specify theater, this might have been a multi-purpose hall, perhaps with a flat floor so it could be used for dances and such, as well as movies and other entertainments. The next year available in the series, 1920 (hover your cursor over “Businesses” in the header) lists 311 as the location of “Buckingham A soft drinks,” so the Grand must have been gone by then.

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