Kimmel Theatre

213 8th Street,
Cairo, IL 62914

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KIMMEL Theatre; Cairo, Illinois.

This 600-seat theatre shared a building located on 8th Street with the much smaller Bijou Theatre. Both theaters opened in 1911. The Kimmel Theatre closed in 1917, and moved to another location on 8th Street (later becoming the Jackson Theatre, and finally, Rogers Theatre). The Bijou Theatre survived until 1931. The structure that housed the first Kimmel Theatre and Bijou Theatre was still there with a modified facade in 2022, in use as an Elks building. It had collapsed or razed by 2023.

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gsteinma on July 6, 2023 at 12:28 pm

Google Earth shows the Kimmel repurposed as the Elks lodge as recently as 09/2022 - the theater’s pediment, although all the ornamentation was removed, retains its distinctive shape.

Ssc48 on April 6, 2024 at 1:07 pm

The theatre has collasped as shown in google images

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