1204 N. Green Street,
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The Vixen (Official)
Architects: John van der Meulen
Previous Names: Empire Theatre, Colony Theatre, McHenry Theatre, McHenry 1 & 2 Theatres, RMC McHenry Twin, McHenry Downtown Theatre
The Empire Theatre was opened on June 28, 1919. By 1929 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. who operated the theatre until 1936. It was renamed the Colony Theatre in 1939, it burned on November 4, 1951, destroying the entire building except the front wall.
It was rebuilt to the plans of architect John van der Meulen, and opened on February 9, 1955 with Tony Curtis in “So This Is Paris”. It had 680 seats. It was later twinned in the 1980’s and closed suddenly as a discount house managed by Rhyan Management (RMC) in January 2000. It reopened in 2003 as a discount first-run theatre operated by “C” You at the Movies. It had closed by 2014. It reopened January 18, 2018 and a third screen has been added which opened in February 2018. It was closed in January 2022. Plans are to reopened in May 2022 as The Vixen, a live music/live performance theatre.
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