Capitol Theatre

Main and Second Streets,
Rosiclare, IL 62982

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Previously operated by: Turner-Farrar Theaters

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Capitol Theatre
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

An article about flooding at Rosiclare in the January 30, 1950, issue of the Harrisburg, Illinois Daily Register said that seats, carpet, concession stand, and other equipment in the Capitol Theatre had been moved into the balcony to protect it from the rising water of the Ohio River.

There’s a small photo of the Capitol Theatre on this web page. The text says that the Capitol was owned by a Walter Dimick. That makes it likely that the Capitol was the house being built for Dimick at Rosiclare in 1919, as noted in this item from the July 5 issue of The American Contractor:

“Theater & Store Bldg.: $15,000. 48xl07. Rosiclare, Ill. Archts. Geo. H. Kennerly & Steigmeyer, 505 Benoist bldg., St. Louis. Owner W. B. Dimick, Rosiclaie. Owner taking bids.”
The Capitol in the photo does resemble the description of the theater in the trade journal, and its architectural style is characteristic of the late 1910s-early 1920s. Mr. Dimick already operated a theater called the Gem in Rosiclare, which I found mentioned in items from 1918. I don’t know if it remained in operation after the new house opened.

The site of the Capitol Theatre is now occupied by a small park with a large gazebo that might be used for public events.

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