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Art Theater

2003 Photo from the Bob Meza collection.
126 W Church St
Champaign IL 61820

Record #10148  
 Opened: 1913
 Closed: October 31, 2019
 Current Use:
Capacity: 243 seats
Architect(s): Lewis E Russell
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Park, New Art

Information for this tour was contributed by Bob Meza.

Built as the city's first purpose-built movie house in 1913, its original ornate proscenium has been hidden away behind the scope screen for over 50 years. The stage area behind the original curtain is very shallow.

After a remodel, the theater reopened on June 21, 2003, with a free showing of "Chicago", followed by a public opening on the 27th with the film "The Shape of Things".

 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

June 2020 photos from the Dave Kraft collection.

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June 2003 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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March 2003 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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2003 photos from the Greg Boardman collection.

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May 1999 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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Last featured 4/21/1997. Last edited 11/25/2019.

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