Clinton County Showcase

525 N. 2nd Street,
Breese, IL 62230

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Functions: Live Theater

Previous Names: Grand Theatre, Avon Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 618.526.2866
Manager: 618.526.2866

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Clinton County Showcase

The Grand Theatre was opened in 1914, located in downtown Breese on N. 2nd Street near N. Main Street. It was renamed Avon Theatre on August 8, 1941 and was for many decades a popular movie house which, in its last years of operation, switched seasons with the Avon Drive-In (which has since been demolished).

Since 1996, the Avon Theatre has been home to the Clinton County Showcase, which features live theater and musical presentations on stage, and since late-2010 it began screening movies, but these have now ceased.

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Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

dschmeink on December 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm

The Drive-In Theatre near the intersection of Rt50 and St. Rose road was replaced by the large Breese Journal Building.

TLSLOEWS on December 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Nice looking small theatre.

dschmeink on December 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

This theatre has begun showing films again. Last week (11/26/2010) they showed Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the theatre was roughly 2/3 full according to the local paper.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Here is a fresh link to the photo RoadsideArchitecture linked to.

The July 4, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World said “W. V. Schmidt will be manager of the new Grand moving picture theater which is nearing completion at Breese. The house will seat 450 persons.”

SethG on June 21, 2016 at 8:07 am

Anyone know what happened to the marquee?

elfin on August 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

Seth G. I am currently trying to replace the historic marquee that was there. There was a small fire in the front corner of the marquee that between the fire and fire dept. extinguishing made it unsafe to hang over the sidewalk. The theater is no longer showing films but now is home to Clinton County Showcase, a live theater organization. CCS is trying to, with a little resistance, replace the old with a replica of what was there with the addition of two 4x8 led screens where the old lettering was. Thank you for your interest in this historic theater. If you have any questions regarding the theater, you can check out the website or feel free to contact me here.

dallasmovietheaters on March 28, 2020 at 8:16 am

The relaunch of the Grand as the Avon Theatre was commemorated on August 8, 1941 with “The Shepherd of the Hills.”

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