Senate Theater

509 E. Monroe Street,
Springfield, IL 62701

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Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres

Architects: Cletis R. Foley, Carl T. Meyer

Previous Names: Gaiety Theater

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SENATE Theatre; Springfield, Illinois, after 1940s remodeling.

Opened in 1909 as the Gaiety Theater. It was located on Monroe Street near 5th Street. It was renamed Senate Theater in 1929 and had 920 seats. It was remodeled in 1947 to the plans of architect Cletis R. Foley. It was twinned in 1978 and continued to operate until 1983 when it was closed.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Two photos of the Senate Theatre from the Illinois Digital Archives:

Front view, January, 1949

Marquee and entrance by night, 1946

This 2009 article about the centennial of Kerasotes Theatres indicates that Gus Kerasotes bought the Gaiety Theatre and renamed it the Senate in 1929. The Senate was the last theater operating in downtown Springfield when it closed in 1983.

rivest266 on July 27, 2015 at 10:09 am

May 11th, 1929 in photo section.

rivest266 on July 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

1939, 1966 and October 27th, 1978 (2 screens) ads also uploaded.

Scott on July 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

I remember when this theatre burned down. But can’t recall for sure if it had already closed. Seems like it was still operating when it caught fire.

robboehm on March 14, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Uploaded a vintage exterior photo.

dallasmovietheaters on August 19, 2016 at 1:34 am

Architect Carl T. Meyer updated the Senate in 1939 for Kerasotes Circuit. Before and after shots in photos

DavidZornig on August 25, 2017 at 9:25 am

February 2017 article with a 1981 photo of the Senate.

Golffanatc on September 5, 2019 at 11:24 am

Another photo from the Sangamon Valley collection in 1948 featuring “The Babe Ruth Story” is available here:

DavidZornig on September 5, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Golffanatc, your photo has been added crediting Sangamon Valley Archives.

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