Warner Theatre

1201 SW Adams Street,
Peoria, IL 61602

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Functions: Auto Repair Shop

Previous Names: Little Palace Theatre, Grand Theatre

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WARNER Theatre; Peoria, Illinois, 1955.

The Warner, which sat over 400, stood on the corner of Adams and Spencer Streets.

Any further information on this theater would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bryan

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

Patsy on January 6, 2007 at 4:31 am

I still would love to see some photos of this Warner that accoridng to Carl is STILL STANDING…..are you listening Lost Memory? Peoria is a college town…Bradley University so I would like to think it could and would be renovated perhaps by the university!

JeffCarlson on January 6, 2007 at 1:47 pm

I remember this theater being closer to the old Szolds department store. The likelyhood of this being renovated seems slim as the ‘hood is very rough.

FYI: I’m a Peoria native currently living in Chicago, next time I’m down there I’ll check it out and report back.

USMC1371 on May 23, 2007 at 3:40 am

The structure is still there; however, there is a large overhead door in the back of the theater now for trucks to enter and exit.

Patsy on May 23, 2007 at 5:40 am

Nice to know that the structure is still there though after reading “there is a large overhead door in the back of the theater now for trucks to enter and exit” sounds like it is still the Mid City Truck and Auto Repair business. Would be interesting to have someone get inside and take some photos to see if anthing “theatre” remains. It’s a shame that this university town didn’t keep their theatre.

Patsy on May 23, 2007 at 5:42 am

And with the name WARNER, I wonder if there is any Warner history connected to this theatre. I would guess that there is a connection so would like to read about it.

cinegrafx on January 9, 2008 at 9:38 am

The Warner theater is probably vacant as it’s been decaying for over 40 years.
I would suspect it will be razed in the near future. The same fate for the Avon which
is directly across the street from the old Szolds department store. The Avon
had been gutted and converted to a night club in the 60’s. After the club
failed, it remained boarded up awaiting demolition. I have a photo of the Avon
if anyone is interested.

Patsy on January 9, 2008 at 9:45 am

Lee: A real shame to lose (or soon lose) a theatre with the WARNER name!

Tad on February 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm

I worked in the Warner Theater building from 2003 to 2005 it was a truck repair shop at the time. I have always been interested in finding out info on its history. Their were still many features remaining of when it was a the Warner most notably was the very elaborate crown molding that ran the length of the walls near the ceiling.

JeffCarlson on January 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Here’s a link to a vintage shot of the Warner:

View link

I took a photo of the building in it’s current state and will post it here soon.

JeffCarlson on February 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Here a shot of the Warner in it’s current state:

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