Gillioz Theatre

325 Park Central E,
Springfield, MO 65806

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MichaelKilgore on April 7, 2021 at 10:49 pm

Boxoffice, May 8, 1948: “SPRINGFIELD, MO.— The Gillioz Theatre here has been sold by Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Gillioz of Monett to the Missouri-Fox Realty Corp. of Kansas City, a subsidiary of Fox Midwest Theatres. Purchase price was $105,000. Equipment was sold in a separate transaction. Built in 1924, the house has been leased for some years by the new owners.”

DavidZornig on October 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm

1938 photo added. Photo and additional history credit the Vintage St. Louis & Route 66 Facebook page.

October 11, 1926 – The “Glorious Gillioz” Theater in Springfield, Missouri opened. M.E. Gillioz couldn’t find a location on Route 66 for his theater, so he bought property one block to the north, leased a 20 foot wide frontage on St. Louis Street and linked it to the theater 130 feet away. The 1,100 seat theater, where Elvis Presley watched a movie before his 1956 concert, closed in 1980 but was restored in 2006.

moviejs1944 on February 15, 2018 at 6:57 am

Saw several movies here in the 50s. Had a long, skinny lobby opening into what seemed like (to a kid) a gigantic auditorium. Quite plush. In case you’re wondering how the theaters name is pronounced, it’s “GILL – oyz” – rhymes with “toys.” The pronunciation may have been different long ago when it opened, but the locals say “GILL – oyz” these days.

rivest266 on July 15, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Grand opening ad at

Found on

Still open as of the time of this post as a live venue

JoelWeide on December 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Just following comments. Thanks!

KingBiscuits on December 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

The theatre may be foreclosed on due to a $3.5 million debt. However, there is a campaign to save the theatre.

View link

CSWalczak on November 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm

The theater recently hired a new executive director. The story is here: View link

KarenDaniels on March 10, 2009 at 9:15 am

Does anyone have access to historic photos of this theatre that they could share off site? If so please contact me, I am working on a landmarks of Route 66 exhibit and would like to include the theatre.


JimS1 on February 2, 2009 at 7:14 am

Glad to hear that the management at the Gillioz will continue to schedule movies. I always loved that theatre. I believe the last movie I saw there was the 1976 KING KONG!! I was home for Christmas and took my niece and nephew Christmas afternoon. I need to come back home sometime and attend a movie, stage play or concert just so I can see the theatre again. Friends who attended the last SMSU Tent Theatre reunion took a tour of the Gillioz last year. They were impressed.

KingBiscuits on February 1, 2009 at 6:52 pm

I recently saw To Kill A Mockingbird here. Average crowd, original 35mm print but it got the support from local business that most area repretory shows fail to get.

KingBiscuits on February 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I recently saw To Kill A Mockingbird here. Average crowd, original 35mm print but it got the support from local business that most area repretory shows fail to get.

JimS1 on February 1, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Gillioz was a good size single screen theatre. The Gillioz was the premiere (Mann) theatre downtown) when I lived in Springfield. The sister theatre, the Fox got most of the Disney , American International features. Not the Gillioz— first class product. Occasionally there would be a double feature bill but not often. I loved going to the Gillioz and walking down that long lobby— great coming attraction displays and posters.
I haven’t seen the remodel but two musical productions (A Little NIght Music, Little Women) were staged last year at the Gillioz. Sounds like the Gillioz is back, even though it’s no longer a movie

MPol on January 31, 2009 at 5:29 pm

This looks like a sweet little theatre-love the marquee outside.

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Don Lewis on September 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm

A 1987 view of the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield here, here, here and here. I wonder why the original design of the marquee and GILLIOZ lettering was not retained.

JoelWeide on August 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm

If it has anything to do with theatres in Kansas or Western Missouri, I probably have a post on them. I worked for the Dickinson as well as the Mann and American Entertainment circuits in the late 1970’s and early 80’s so I will probably make a nuisance of myself on this fantastic site occasionally!

cerjda on August 28, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Jeeze Joel Weide, we’re hittin all the same holes here!!! LOL. To comment on all of the above. Yes, the Gillioz did have a narrow lobby but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay long. To let the customers stand inside in case of inclimate weather. The concession stand was part of the conversion into a movie theatre as there was no room for it except to build it in the hollowed out area under the stairwell. Way uncomfortable to work in. The lobby design between the Gillioz and the Fox were not similar at all. Nope – not at all. The Fox Joplin? yea – very much so except the Fox/Joplin had a wider lobby area.

JoelWeide on July 10, 2008 at 12:07 am

As mentioned above log onto YouTube and keyword in Gillioz, there is a fanstatic 3 minute video tour of the theatre that is very very very well done, plus other short clips from various acts that have recently played there.

If I remember right this theatre was at one time owned by National General and then the Mann circuits and may have been sold to the Dickinson chain when they acquired Mann’s interests in Missouri.

KingBiscuits on April 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I saw The Wizard Of Oz here on Friday. I saw it in the balcony and the people involved really put out all of the stops here. 35mm print (from the 1998 reissue), introduction by actors playing characters, bubbles provided during Glinda’s scenes and the air conditioning going at full-blast during the tornado scene.

Great experience.

KingBiscuits on March 5, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Recently, 35mm prints of The Seven Samurai (10/5/2007), It’s A Wonderful Life (12/13/2007 and 12/14/2007) and Casablanca (2/14/2008 and 2/15/2008) have run at the Gillioz.

spectrum on September 27, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Status should be changed to Open. Reopened in October 2006!

Their webpage (link above) has a great photo gallery with historic and current photos throughout the interior.

Events calendar shows an interesting and wide-range of events. Comedy nights, broadway touring productions, fund raisers, high school reunions, quitye a few private events. It’s turned into quite a community resource!

claydoh77 on July 25, 2007 at 11:47 am

Nice to see that the restoration is complete! From the pictures and website it seems a job well done. Congrats to all of those involved. I’ll have to check it out again next time I’m in Springfield. There was still a lot of work to be done when we toured this theatre in 2004 on the THSA Conclave listed above & I remember the story about Elvis being spotted here at one time.

moviejs on June 21, 2007 at 12:46 pm

I’ve recently posted some photos of the Gillioz to my album: search GILLIOZ and THEATRE. Saw several movies there during the 50s, and remember the place as Springfield’s nicest downtowner at that time.