Central Theatre

111 N. State Street,
Geneseo, IL 61254

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Related Websites

Geneseo Community Park District (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Marchesi Brothers Theaters

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: New Geneseo Theatre, Geneseo Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 309.944.3603

Nearby Theaters

Central Theatre

Opened in the 1924 as the New Geneseo Theatre, the ‘New’ was dropped in 1943.

It was recently renovated and re-named Central Theatre and is still a single-screen theater with 300 seats. It is now operated by the Geneseo Community Park District, and screens first-run features.

Its canopy/marquee, newly rebuilt, resembles one from the theater’s earliest days. In 2017 the seating capacity had been reduced to 178.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

dustyalldaylong on July 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

From a 2009 QC Times Article: “After the war, (Jim) Stopulos sold life insurance briefly and then opened the Coronet Theater on Davenport’s Washington Street at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, who ran an art theater in Iowa City. Later, he moved the Coronet to what had been the Uptown in the Harrison Hilltop neighborhood.

During his 25 years in the theater business, he also owned the Sierra in Moline, the Spruce Hills Twin in Bettendorf, the Central in Geneseo and the Strand in East Moline. He remained in the theater business until 1976, a time when competition from big chains made it difficult for independent operators to survive.

Trolleyguy on August 24, 2021 at 3:35 pm

Current movie listings are on the Park district website but you’ll have to dig through it to find them. Their Facebook page is also up to date.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.