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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


Adult (13 - 64)  $8.00
Senior (65 & over)  $7.00
Child (12 & Under)  $7.00

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 Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Synopsis: The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.

Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy
Rated:  PG | Run Time: 2 hrs 15 mins


7:10 pm through Saturday June 3, 2023

3:10 pm Sunday June 4, 2023

7:10 pm Monday June 5 - Thursday June 8, 2023


Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods (2015)

Synopsis: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends, Stephen Katz.

Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson
Rated:  R | Run Time: 1 hr 44 mins


1:00 pm Wednesday June 14, 2023

FREE Admission thanks to the

Geneseo Park District Foundation
One FREE Small Pop & Popcorn Combo / person thanks to Classic Club


Doors open at 12:30pm
Concessions available at regular price

Lyle, Lyle

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (2022)

Synopsis: Feature film based on the children's book about a crocodile that lives in New York City.

Starring: Javier Bardem, Winslow Fegley, Shawn Mendes
Rated:  PG | Run Time: 1 hr 43 mins


1:00 pm Wednesday June 7, 2023

FREE Admission thanks to the

Geneseo Park District Foundation

Minions: Rise of Gru

Minions: The Rise of Gru(2022)

Synopsis: The untold story of one twelve-year-old's dream to become the world's greatest supervillain.

Voices of: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin
Rated:  PG | Run Time: 1 hr 27 mins


1:00 pm Wednesday July 5, 2023

FREE Admission thanks to the

Geneseo Park District Foundation

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish(2022)

Synopsis: When Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll and he has burned through eight of his nine lives, he launches an epic journey to restore them by finding the mythical Last Wish.

Voices of: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Harvey Guillén
Rated:  PG | Run Time: 1 hr 42 mins


1:00 pm Wednesday August 2, 2023

FREE Admission thanks to the

Geneseo Park District Foundation



Theater Rental

The Geneseo Park District's Central Theater is available to rent for your next event.

Miscellaneous Fees & Charges may apply
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Rental Space as of January 1, 2023 Regular
CENTRAL THEATER includes use of theater & stage $75/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 $5/combo
$75 flat rate

Contact (309) 944-3603 to reserve the theater today.

Enhance your next rental with a variety of equipment from the Park District!

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Upcoming Events

June 06


The Free2Play (F2P) Movement Camp for kids in grades K - 6th empowers every child to be an athlete.

June 07


Join us at Geneseo Park District's Central Theater for a Free Movie.
Doors open at 12:30pm. Concessions at regular price
FREE Admission thanks to the Geneseo Park District Foundation.

June 08


This course will offer an overview, and begin the discussion on making healthy choices for mother and baby, techniques for managing body changes, self-screening, and safe exercise.

All Upcoming Events