New Illini Theatre

1819 5th Avenue,
Moline, IL 61265

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Previously operated by: Paramount-Publix, Publix Theaters Corporation

Previous Names: Le Claire Theatre

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Leclaire Theater

The Le Claire Theatre was another large downtown house. It was opened by A.H. Blank Theatres on February 24, 1923 with Mae Murray in “Jazzmania”. It was equipped with a Hope-Jones organ. It remained in the Publix chain until the mid-1940’s when it switched ownership. The theatre closed on April 27, 1952.

The operators of the Illini Theatre closed that theatre on December 18, 1953 and moved into the Le Claire Theatre on December 25, 1953, renaming it New Illini Theatre. It was closed on January 12, 1957 and has since been demolished.

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lincman on September 2, 2007 at 10:27 am

the Leclaire theater was next door to the Leclaire Hotel(Now a senior residential housing)..and the Illini Theater was further down 5th ave. and later became a Drug Store…when Downtown Moline was busy before everything went to outlying Malls..I used to go to them when I was a Kid in 1940s-50s…..also used to be a Small Theater called the Paradise which lasted until the 1970s…owned by the Brotman Brothers who owned a few other small Theaters in the Quad Cities…

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Here is an early 1930s ad for a Cary Grant film:

dallasmovietheaters on August 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm

The theatre launched February 24, 1923 with the film, “Jazzmania.” A $22,000Hope Jones organ was there at the opening.

rivest266 on April 25, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

dallasmovietheaters on June 8, 2019 at 9:13 pm

The LeClaire (no spaces) Theatre closed April 27, 1952 at the end of a 30-year lease. After being vacant for 20 months, the nearby Illini Theatre – hoping to go to widescreen – closed on December 18, 1953. The Illini moved its operation to the former LeClaire operating as the New Illini Theatre there from its launch on December 25, 1953 with “Here Come the Girls” on its curved panoramic screen to closing on January 12, 1957.

The vacant property’s demolition project started Oct 1, 1973 and was completed Dec 12, 1973.

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