Bond Theatre

312 N. Water Street,
Decatur, IL 62523

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Previous Names: Morrow Theatre

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Bond Theatre Interior

The Morrow Theatre was opened February 26, 1929. It was renamed Bond Theatre on March 18, 1943. It was closed on February 5, 1949 with Gene Autry in “Twilight on the Range” & Charles Starrett in “Trail to Laredo”.

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rivest266 on February 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

March 18th, 1943 grand opening ad in photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2022 at 9:15 pm

Multiple sources indicate that the Bond Theatre was originally called the Morrow Theatre. The September 23, 1970 issue of The Decatur Daily Review said that the Morrow Theatre opened on February 26, 1929. It was owned by Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Morrow who, since about 1922, had operated a house called the Crystal Theatre next door to the Morrow Theatre’s location. The Crystal itself had originated as a movie house called The Nickelodeon in 1906.

The Bond Theatre closed on February 5, 1949 with a double bill of westerns, Gene Autry’s “Twilight on the Range” and Charles Starrett in “Trail to Laredo.”

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