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Illini Theatre

2003 Photo from the Dave Kraft collection.
51 E Main St
Champaign IL

Record #12634  
 Opened: 1906
 Closed: 1983
 Current Use: Tavern
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Varsity, New Varsity, Rex, Encore, Highdive
 Previously operated by: Art Theatre Guild

Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Kraft.

Built in 1906 as the Varsity, named changed to Rex in 1943, then Illini in 1948, then Encore in 1963, back to Illini in 1966. closed 1983, now Highdive (a live music venue/bar).

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October 2021 photos from the Kevin Fox collection.

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June 2003 photos from the Dave Kraft collection.

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Last featured 6/30/2003. Last edited 2/4/2022.

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