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Central Theater


Your Hometown Movie Theater

Established in 1924 Central Theater, formerly known as 'The Geneseo Theater', has been a mainstay in downtown Geneseo for over 80 years.

Operated by the Geneseo Park District since 1996, this historic theater continues to offer state of the art entertainment at an affordable price.

The theater seats 178 and offers digital cinema projection with 7.1 Dolby surround sound. The digital conversion in 2012 means a higher quality motion picture and sound experience for the moviegoer.


Located in downtown Geneseo at
111 North State Street Geneseo, IL



Adult (13 - 59) $6.50
Senior (60 & over) $5.50
Child (12 & Under) $5.50

Doors Open at 6:30pm




Synopsis:  In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

Starring:  Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard

Rated: PG-13 | Run Time:  1 hr 46 min


7:10 pm Daily August 11 - 17, 2017








Synopsis:  Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.

Starring:  Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter

Rated: R | Run Time:  2hrs


7:10 pm Daily August 18 - 24, 2017





Theater Rental

Have a private viewing, hold a meeting, host a birthday party or play a video game on the big screen.
Central Theater in downtown Geneseo is available to rent for your next event or meeting.  The theater has a stage (great for speaking engagements), a large screen (high resolution to display your presentation, home movie, DVD or current film), comfortable seating (enough for 177 friends, family or business associates) and surround sound.
Excellent movie theater popcorn, candy and fountain drinks are available for purchase during your next event. 

Standard Rental. Includes the use of theater and stage with a manager on duty.

  • For-Profit $60/hour
  • Nonprofit $50/hour

Additional Rental Fees

Use of Equipment $30. Includes the use of equipment and projectionist. Prices exclude any equipment or film we may have to purchase or rent to accommodate any rental.

Use of Concessions $30. Includes the use of concessions with a concessionaire. Small drinks or small popcorns may be purchased for an additional $1.50 each.

Janitorial Services $15.

Rental Details

  • Rental contract required. Two-week notice is advised.
  • Outside food may be brought into the theater, however, all food must stay in the lobby area. Pop and Popcorn cannot be brought in as these are sold in concessions.
  • Renter can bring a DVD or video (of appropriate content)
  • Private viewing of the current film is available. Minimum of 50 people required, regular and concession rates will apply.

The Geneseo Park District Facilities are available to rent for your next event. Certificate of insurance may be required. Visit to purchase event insurance.



Let your hometown movie theater help you create a long-lasting impression

Why advertise at Central Theater?

Imagine the power of your message projected onto a giant wall-to-wall screen in brilliant color. Unlike other media, on-screen advertising gives you a unique opportunity to grab your customers attention.

On-Screen advertising is the most effective way to reach your target audience.Your message is received in the best possible environment - customers are a captive audience waiting to be entertained in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Advertising on the big screen gives you a great way to manage your advertising budget effectively and actually see results.

Learn more by visiting Partnerships & Advertising


Upcoming Events

September 16


FREE Movie Matinee Sponsored by Central Bank. Movie title to be announced at a later date.

October 09


Come swim at The Center's Indoor Pool on your day off! 1:00 - 3:00pm Monday October 9, 2017 Friday November 10, 2017 Monday November 20, 2017 Wednesday November 22, 2017 Friday November 24, 2017

October 28


FREE Movie Matinee Sponsored by Central Bank. Movie title to be announced at a later date.

All Upcoming Events