Morris Theater

118 E. Jefferson Street,
Morris, IL 60450

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Previously operated by: Anderson Theater Company

Functions: Live Music Venue

Previous Names: Morris Cinemas

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Morris Theater

This former movie house located on E. Jefferson Street opened on July 15, 1930. It was later twinned at some point (though has since been de-twinned, after the theater was closed in the 1990’s). It later operated as a youth center. It was re-opened on March 15, 2023 as a live music venue.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

oeil21 on November 23, 2006 at 4:46 pm

The theater has been de-twinned and is now a christian youth center. It was a neat theater but somewhat dirty. Still it was sad to see it go – now we have to drive out to the fringe of town and go to the megaplex.

ChiMike35 on January 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Is that 1976 photo of the marquee advertising an X rated movie?

buddy2007 on August 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I grew up going to this theatre back in 60s & 70s. I would love to find a night time photo from back in the day when the entire marquee/neon was all lit up. It was quite breathtaking. Note: In the summer of 1979 when they made it into a twin cinema & destroyed the classic interior of this old theatre. (big mistake)

Chris1982 on June 3, 2014 at 12:10 am

The Morris Theatre opened in 1931 with 725 seats.

MichaelKilgore on April 30, 2022 at 11:08 am

Boxoffice, Aug. 20, 1955: “Morris, Ill. - The Morris Theatre here celebrated the 25th anniversary of its opening on July 15, 1930. Fred Anderson, owner and operator of the Morris and Times theatre, first came to Morris in 1928 to operate the old Empire … According to a recent article in the Morris Herald, the theatre … was the first theatre to be built expressly for sound”

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on March 6, 2023 at 2:17 pm

The Morris Theater will reopened as a music venue. The grand reopening will be March 15, 2023. Here’s an article with all the details.

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