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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



Thor Movie PosterTHOR: RAGNAROK

Synopsis: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Rated: PG-13  | Run Time: 2 hr 10 mins

7:10 pm through November 21, 2017







Coco Movie PosterOpens Wednesday November 22nd

Synopsis: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Voices of:  Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

Rated: PG  | Run Time: 1 hr 49 mins

7:10 pm Wednesday November 22, 2017
7:10 pm Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2017
7:10 pm Friday November 24, 2017
7:10 pm Saturday November 25, 2017
7:10 pm Daily November 25 - 30, 2017

Star Wars The Last Jedi Movie PosterSTAR WARS: The Last Jedi is coming to Central Theater Thursday December 14th!

7:10 pm Opening Night December 14, 2017*
7:10 pm Friday December 15, 2017*
*Purchase your ticket today at Central Theater or the Community Center during normal business hours

Rated: PG-13  | Run Time: 2 hr 30 mins





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

November 22


Come swim at The Center's Indoor Pool on your day off!
1:00 - 3:00pm

November 24


Come swim at The Center's Indoor Pool on your day off!
1:00 - 3:00pm

December 01


Come visit with Santa at The Center.

All Upcoming Events