From: New York, NY
Registered: Feb 2003
posted April 15, 2003 08:44 AM
As of 1932, Flora, Illinois had two theatres. The Casino (300 seats) and the Orpheum (350 seats). By 1946, Flora had three theatres Florine (900 seats), Orpheum (350 seats) and the Roxy (360 seats) and they also had a portable theatre listed known as the E.S.Martin.
From: Mount Prospect, IL
Registered: Apr 2003
posted April 22, 2003 05:50 PM
The history of the theatres in Flora is as follow:
A Opera House was opened at 124 North.Ave in 1911. In 1921 it was renamed the Orpheum. In 1935 it was renamed the Florine. In 1936 it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt and reopened as a larger house in 1937. It closed in 1957 and in the late 1970's it was leveled by a fire.
At 103 E. North Ave.the Casino theatre opened in 1910. It closed in 1932 and was torn down. On that site the Roxy was built and opened in 1938 and closed in 1951. It currently is a store.
At 120 E.North Ave. a theatre called the Town opened in 1951. It closed in 2001 and is reopening as a twin.
posted May 01, 2003 09:46 AM
I think I have the answer to the Flora mystery. If you compare the uncropped "turn-of-the-century" photo to a 1954 shot of the town's centennial parade (don't let the antique cars confuse you), the matching rooflines along the block indicate that the pictures were taken from the same vantage point. The mystery theater occupies the same lot as the Florine, so what we're looking at must be the old Opera House!