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WILDEY THEATRE

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205 NORTH MAIN ST, EDWARDSVILLE IL

OPENED: APRIL 12, 1909

ARCHITECT: GEORGE HANCOCK KENNERLY

WEBSITE: http://www.wildeytheatre.com/

The Wildey Theatre originally opened in 1909 as an opera house.  The building also contained a meeting hall for the Oddfellows organization.   Just short of its 75th anniversary, the Wildey closed in March 1984.  It was designated a local landmark in 1986, was acquired by the city in 1999, and finally reopened on April 12, 2011 after a large restoration effort.  The Wildey currently features both cinema and live entertainment.


The Wildey is a prime example of how theater restoration is a viable option for historic theaters.  Even though this theater sat empty for nearly 30 years, the return of this theater to Edwardville has been a success.  By combining both cinema and live entertainment, the Wildey shows that it can still bring a packed house, entertaining those in the surrounding area for years yet to come.  

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