Crescent Cinemas

313 W. Madison Street,
Pontiac, IL 61764

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Previously operated by: GKC Theatres, Kerasotes Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Colonial Revival

Previous Names: Crescent Theatre, Crescent Twin

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 815.844.3030
Manager: 815.844.3030

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Crescent Cinemas

The Crescent Theatre opened by 1921, its exterior designed in something of a Colonial-style. It could seat 800 when it was a single-screen house.

During the early-1980’s, the Crescent Theatre was twinned by Kerasotes Theatres, who operated the theatre at that time. In 2001, it became part of the GKC Theatres chain. It continues to run first-run features today.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 20, 2008 at 11:41 am

Here is a poster for the movie Holiday at the Crescent:

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Here is a March 1980 ad from the Pontiac Daily Leader:

kencmcintyre on June 13, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Here is a December 1960 ad from the same source:

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Interesting photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2022 at 2:43 am

The Bond and Crescent Theatres, both owned by Hal Opperman, were mentioned in the July 14, 1923 issue of Moving Picture World. The 1926 FDY lists both houses, but each had only 500 seats, so the Crescent must have been expanded at some later time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2022 at 3:09 am

The Crescent and Hal Opperman were mentioned multiple times in issues of Moving Picture World in May, 1921. Opperman is also mentioned in connection with Pontiac in the November 6, 1920 MPW, but at that time he was operating a house called the Strand Theatre.

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