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
Adult (13 - 64) $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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
RENTAL RESERVATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
AVAILABLE SPACE AND MAXIMUM CAPACITY MAY BE LIMITED DURING PHASE 4, TIER 1 (as of 1/19/21)
PLEASE CALL (309) 944-5695 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
For the health & safety of all our patrons and employees, Geneseo Park District has revised our Facility Rental Policies .
|CENTRAL THEATER includes use of theater & stage||$65/hour||$55/hour|
|EQUIPMENT3 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|
|JANITORIAL SERVICES4||$25 flat rate|
Standard Rental includes the use of theater and stage with a manager on duty. Renter can bring a DVD or video (of appropriate content).
Certificate of insurance may be required. Visit https://www.theeventhelper.com/ to purchase event insurance.
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