Discover more history at Herald-Review.com/Archives.
1941: The Varsity Theater cost $125,000 to build and opened in April 1941 in the 1100 block of West Wood Street.
1941: The Varsity Theater had a seating capacity of 932. A blackout lighting system was used to illuminate the murals on the side walls of the interior.
1960: The Empress Theater was in the Corbett-Moran Building on the corner of North Water Street and North Street. The building was constructed in 1911, and it was demolished in 1962. The theater was a vaudeville house.
1942: The Empress Theater had a curved balcony. The ushers are Carroll Bergin, left and Donald Dye. The building was demolished in 1962.
1977: The Lincoln Theater, 141 N. Main St., hosted the much-touted science-fiction movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
1980: The Lincoln Theatre interior is shown. The stage held some of the nation's top stars of vaudeville, movies and live entertainment in its heyday.
1966: Millikin National Bank hosted a Christmas party for 1,000 children at the Lincoln Theater.
1948: The Drive In Theatre was situated between North Jasper and North Woodford streets.
1948: A steady stream of cars passed through the ticket windows of the Decatur Drive-In. An estimated 200 cars were turned away on opening night.
1982: The outside of the Rogers Theatre in the 1100 block of East Wood Street is shown.
1981: Rogers Theatre night manager Joe Mueller.
1979: The Avon Theatre had picketers for the movie "The Life of Brian." They opposed the movie because they said the Monty Python film was a mockery of the life of Jesus Christ.
1960: Avon Theatre veteran projectionist Dick Curtis is shown at work.
1958: The Alhambra Theatre was sold to Kerasotes Brothers Theaters Inc. The building was in 1000 block of North Water Street. The building was used as an indoor golf course, dancing palace, church, warehouse and a movie theater. The building was demolished in 1976 and replaced with a shopping center.
1943: The Bond Theater was at 312 N. Water St. The building used to house Morrow Theater, too, and had a complete interior remodel.
Little Theatre on the Square will perform their original production of "Divas through the Decades" March 6 through 15
Local professional theater will remain closed until at least Jan. 3.
Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.