Isle Theatre

21 S. Stolp Avenue,
Aurora, IL

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Isle Theatre

This Art Moderne-style theater opened in 1938, and sat around 780. The Isle had a small balcony with a large lobby, a free standing box office, the front facade was a beige color of brick and had a decent size marquee. The Isle outlasted the other theaters in Aurora that were built around the same time or earlier.

It was closed in 1982, and was razed two years later. The site is now part of Memorial Plaza.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber, Bryan Krefft

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karaoketom on January 16, 2004 at 10:07 pm

I worked at this theatre in the 70’s and remember when “Billy Jack” was playing for an increased price of $2.50 ($2.00 was the reg. rate)but the place was packed. It had a dual marquee that you could read from either direction you were coming from. They had self serve soda machine that mixed a fountain drink in paper cups. There was a bar just a few feet from the theater, anyone remember the name? Please e mail me. Just up the street at Galena & Stolp was the tallest building in Aurora at 14 stories and they used to have a disco in the basememt. While working at the theater I sometimes worked 10 hour weekends and walked to “Prince Castle” 10 blocks away for my lunch.

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