Elmo Theater

516 N. Main Street,
St. Elmo, IL 62458

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Elmo Theater

The Elmo Theater opened in 1941 on Saint Elmo’s Main Street, to replace an earlier theater of the same name on the site which was destroyed by a fire in 1940.

It features a brick, fairly plain facade, but its signage is its real highlight. The triangular marquee, now missing its glass, exposing where the neon tubing once was, featured a large “E” on its front. The vertical sign was L-shaped, reaching up from the top of the marquee towards the facade, with the theater’s name at one time illuminated by neon lights.

The Elmo has been closed as a movie house since 1979. In 2006, the St. Elmo Historical Society began working on the renovation and restoration of the theater.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Stormy & Mark Dilley

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kencmcintyre on October 29, 2007 at 8:32 pm

There are additional photos on this site:

mlovest87 on March 20, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I live in Vandalia and I have worked in plenty of movie theaters….. if you need help with this one my husband and I would like to help out.

mlovest87 on March 20, 2008 at 10:52 pm

This will be such a nice place when it is done….

my email:

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Wouldn’t the blaze that destroyed the original theater be called St. Elmo’s Fire? Maybe it was started by Emilio Estevez.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm

According to the link jwballer gave, the fire was in the flower shop next door, the theater suffered minor damage at most.

TLSLOEWS on June 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I bet it looked good back in the day.

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