Clark Theater

120 S. Madison Street,
Pittsfield, IL 62363

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Architects: Henry Elliot

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: K.P. Opera House

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Clark Theater

Opened on January 10, 1895 as the K.P. Opera House showing vaudeville acts. Was converted to a movie house in the early-1900’s and was purchased in 1920 by Clark Armentrou who refurbished the theater by adding air conditioning and other amenities, and renamed it Clark Theater.

It lasted until 1950, when Armentrou renovated an existing auto parts store at 209 N. Madison Street into a modern movie theater, naming it the Zoe Theater after his granddaughter and closing the Clark Theater for good. The building still stands today, hosting a Reach Out Center.

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DavidZornig on June 29, 2020 at 11:36 pm

Additional history credit Lisa Ruble. (multiple images added)

K P Opera House was built in 1894 by H Clay Kibler. Architect was Henry Elliott who also designed the Pike County Illinois Courthouse. K P stands for Knights of Pythias. Grand Opening was Thursday January 10, 1895. Exterior was changed by 1914. This is the same building that was the Clark Theatre later. After Clark Armentrout, owner of Clark Theater, passed away in 1960 the building was sold and become The John Green Store then it was PN Hirsch. After that The Dollar General Store and presently The Reach Out and Two Rivers Regional Council.

Clark Armentrout owned the theatres in Pittsfield and Barry (Pike County Illinois) and in Louisiana and Shelbina Missouri. He also on Clark Drive-In at Summer Hill (Pike County Illinois) and the Zoe Theatre in Pittsfield.

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