Freeman's Hall Theatre

134 S. State Street,
Geneseo, IL 61254

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 25, 2021 at 4:28 am

Freeman’s Hall, Pliny Freeman proprietor, is listed with 600 seats in Harry Miner’s dramatic directory for 1884-85. A book called Geneseo Centennial History 1836-1936 mentions a gathering to celebrate the opening of the town’s first library in 1881, held at Freeman’s Hall. A book with biographical sketches of some of Geneseo’s prominent citizens includes Pliny Freeman, saying that around 1869 he invested in rebuilding a commercial building his brother had owned which had been destroyed by fire that year. Though the book doesn’t specify, that might have been the building which contains Freeman’s Hall.