Madison Theatre

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Madison Theatre
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Madison Theatre is located in Illinois
Madison Theatre
Madison Theatre is located in the US
Madison Theatre
Location 502 Main St., Peoria, Illinois
Coordinates 40°41′39″N 89°35′29″W / 40.69417°N 89.59139°W / 40.69417; -89.59139Coordinates: 40°41′39″N 89°35′29″W / 40.69417°N 89.59139°W / 40.69417; -89.59139
Area less than one acre
Built 1920[2]
Architect Frederic J. Klein
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP Reference # 80001402[1]
Added to NRHP November 21, 1980

Madison Theatre is a historic theater in Peoria, Illinois, United States that opened on October 16, 1920, as a silent picture theatre.[2]


The building was commissioned by Dee Robinson and designed by Frederick J. Klein; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1980. From 1996-2002, the Theatre was revived under the management of Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment. Over 200 concerts took place during this period including live performances by George Winston, Ray Charles, The Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, REO Speedwagon, Fiona Apple, Todd Rundgren, moe., Govt' Mule, and Mudvayne. The building is located across the street from the Pere Marquette Hotel, also on the National Register.[3] The theatre features an Italian Renaissance exterior and classical plasterwork on the interior walls and domed lobby ceilings. The lobby's terra-cotta plasterwork frames a triple-arched window above the marquee.[4] The theatre closed in 2003.[5]

On June 4, 2016, firefighters were called to the theater around 10:30 P.M. for a significant fire that had broken out on or around the stage area. Officials stated the fire had been deliberately set, with damages estimated to be about $500,000.[6]

On July 27, 2016, the City of Peoria filed a condemnation notification for the building.[7] City inspectors reexamined the building on August 25. As most necesssary repairs were complete at that time, the city's assistant community development director stated, "we'll likely dismiss the demolition case" after additional minor repairs were made.[8]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Madison Theatre," (PDF), National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, HAARGIS Database. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  3. ^ Vivere Research (2000-10-01). "Madison Theatre". Archived from the original on November 6, 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Madison Theatre". Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Madison Theatre". Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Arson Caused Madison Theater Fire - 1470 WMBD". 1470 WMBD. 2016-06-06. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  7. ^ Luciano, Phil (17 August 2016). "Luciano: Peoria moves to condemn 'dangerous' Madison Theater". Journal Star. Peoria, IL: GateHouse Media, LLC. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Luciano, Phil (31 August 2016). "Luciano: After repairs, Madison Theater may be spared the wrecking ball". Journal Star. Peoria, IL: GateHouse Media, LLC. Retrieved 12 January 2017.