240 N. Illinois Street,
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Previously operated by: Sullivan & Considine
Firms: Rubush & Hunter
Styles: Colonial Revival
Previous Names: Colonial Theatre, Empress Theatre, Fox Burlesque Theatre
Opened as the Colonial Theatre on Thanksgiving weekend (November 22) of 1909. First presenting vaudeville, then movies. A Robert Morton 2 manual organ was installed on May 29, 1927. In 1929 it became a burlesque theatre, and on April 2, 1937 was briefly renamed Empress Theatre, until December 25 1937 when it was renamed Fox Theatre, still presenting burlesque.
It was eventually turned into a porn theatre screening adult movies which closed in late-December 1975. There were plans proposed to convert it into the Victoria Palace Dinner Theatre, but these never came about and the building was demolished in September/October 1979. Today the site is the location of the American United Life Insurance building on N. Illinois Street.
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