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Times Theatre

2006 Photo from the Christine Samoore collection.
231 E State St
Jacksonville IL 62650

Record #6316  
 Opened: December 25, 1940
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use:
Capacity: 321 seats
Architect(s): Raymond G Johnson
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Fox Midwest Theatres, El Fran Theatres, Frisina Enterprises, Kerasotes Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Christine Samoore.

The Times Theatre opened its doors on Wednesday, 25 December 1940 at 12:45 p.m. The first day the theatre showed a double feature of "The Housekeeper's Daughter" and "Streets of New York". The first show started at 1:00. It was owned by Kenneth F. Childs, who also served as it's first manager. Raymond G. Johnson designed the Times (he was a local architect). The theatre could seat 680 people (it now can seat only 321). Smirl & Gibson were the general contractors, but the majority of the labor was done by the local union. Boy Hansen Sign Company was responsible for the marquee, which holds 543 lightbulbs. The front of the building was engineered and supervised by C.C. Bensen.

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December 2018 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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July 2010 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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March 2008 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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2006 photos from the Christine Samoore collection.

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March 2003 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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2001 photos from the Konrad Schiecke collection.

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2000 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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Last featured 9/26/2003. Last edited 12/8/2018.

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