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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 177 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
(309) 944-3603

TICKET PRICES

Adult (13 - 59)  $7.00
Senior (65 & over)  $6.00
Child (12 & Under)  $6.00

Doors Open at 6:30pm for 7:10 pm Shows

Doors Open at 2:30pm for 3:10pm Sunday Show

All movies are played in a handicap accessible auditorium.

NOW SHOWING

CENTRAL THEATER IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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CENTRAL THEATER UPDATE AS OF 08/21/20

The Geneseo Park District has been evaluating the changing requirements to open movie theaters provided by the DCEO (Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity). The DCEO requires limited capacity and social distancing. We have decided at this time to continue to wait to open the Central Theater due to these restrictions and other requirements passed down to us. Currently, there are not new releases provided by the box office to show. Many others have asked about older movies. There are significant license fees that we must pay each time to show these titles. These would require minimums on attendance that would be more than the limited capacity allowed, just to cover the license.

We continue to monitor the ever changing situation and reevaluate what programs, activities and services we can provide that are in the best interest of the community and the Park District on a regular basis.

What’s the good news? We continue to show outdoor movies for FREE at the Athletic Field. These movies are shown on the inflatable screen and the sound is through your car stereo on the FM transmitter.

Contact Anne Nelms at anelms@geneseoparkdistrict.org if you are interested in sponsoring a movie.

Thank you for your understanding during these times and please visit our website for the most up to date information on all programs, activities and services at the Geneseo Park District.

 

SPECIALS

 

Theater Rental

PHASE 4 RENTAL SPACE AVAILABILITY & CAPACITY
For the health & safety of all our patrons and employees, Geneseo Park District has revised our Facility Rental Policies and updated facilities (and occupancy) available to rent at this time. 

RENTALS ARE AVAILABLE WITH LIMITED AVAILABILITY.  PLEASE CALL (309) 944-5695 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

Rental Space Regular Nonprofit
CENTRAL THEATER includes use of theater & stage $65/hour $55/hour
EQUIPMENT* includes the use of equipment and projectionist $35 flat rate
CONCESSIONS includes concessionaire and janitorial services.
Small drink & small popcorn combos may be purchased for an additional $3.50/combo
$60 flat rate
Rental fees as of January 1, 2021.
Contact Central Theater Manager at (309) 944-3603 to reserve your space today.

RENTAL DETAILS

Standard Rental includes the use of theater and stage with a manager on duty. Renter can bring a DVD or video (of appropriate content).  Additional $25 for Janitorial Services.

*Price excludes any equipment or film we may have to purchase or rent to accommodate any rental.

Certificate of insurance may be required. Visit https://www.theeventhelper.com/ to purchase event insurance.

CLICK HERE FOR FACILITY RENTAL POLICIES

 

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

October 31

SPOOKTACULAR ROLLERSKATING

Wear your best costume for a spooktacular evening of Roller-skating. Prizes given out for best costumes. Bring your own or rent skates from The Center. Pre-registration required online.

Free Admission thanks in part to the Geneseo Park District Foundation
Skate Rental: $4.00 Limited skates and sizes available

October 31

SPOOKTACULAR ROLLERSKATING

Wear your best costume for a spooktacular evening of Roller-skating. Prizes given out for best costumes. Bring your own or rent skates from The Center. Pre-registration required online.

Free Admission thanks in part to the Geneseo Park District Foundation
Skate Rental: $4.00 Limited skates and sizes available

November 15

TURKEY TROT

The Geneseo Park District brings you the 10th Annual Turkey Trot. Race against your friends for a chance to win a turkey!
FREE Admission thanks in part to the Geneseo Park District Foundation
Turkeys provided in part by: Fareway

All Upcoming Events