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Galion Theatre
Galion, OH
Photo courtesy Steve Felder


Here's an abandoned theater that looks like it may have once had quite a heyday. It's the Gallon Theater. The Galion was built in 1949 and was recently restored.

Galion Theatre
Photo courtesy Mike Engle

 

The Galion Theatre in Galion, OH features a deco front facade which now list movies playing and very distinctive features.

 

 

Regent Theatre
Springfield, OH
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Springfield, Ohio is the home of the deco Regent Theatre. Unfortunately, the Regent is on the list of defunct theaters.

 

 

Norwalk Theatre
Norwalk, OH
Photo courtesy Mike Engle

The Norwalk Theatre of Norwalk, OH is a standard neighborhood theatre that fortunately still looks to be open for business.

 

 

Will Rogers Theatre
Charleston, IL
Photo courtesy Don Gardner

The Will Rogers Theatre in IL is a great place to catch a $2.00 first-run movie. Or at least marvel at the past colors and deco structure. The Will Rogers Theatre opened up in February 1938 as a single screener. The theatre added a second screen in 1984. The theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1984.

 

UPDATE 09/17 : After some hard times, the theatre closed down in 2010. There are now new owners as of October 28, 2016 and restoration will be taking place. 09-17

 

 

Heart Theatre
Effingham, IL
Photo courtesy Don Gardner

The Heart Theatre of Effingham, IL makes abundant us of architectural glass block. This theatre may still be in business and proudly displays reddish heart lettering above its facade.

 

UPDATE 11/07 : The Heart Theatre is located on the downtown square in Effingham and is for sale. It looks in great shape though. Many thanks to Alan Culley for update. 11-07

 

 

 

Heart Theatre
Photo courtesy Alan Culley

Heart Theatre
Photo courtesy Alan Culley

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