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Irvin Theater, Bloomington Circa 1958

The Irvin was the Twin City’s premier movie house for much of the 20th century. Located on the 200 block of East Jefferson Street, it opened in 1915, closed in 1982, and was torn down in 1987. Check out the Museum’s most recent “Page from Our Past” feature in the Sunday Pantagraph which tells the history of this gone-but-not-forgotten “popcorn palace.”

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Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Mike MCCROSSIN6/08/19 3:33am

When I was in Jefferson Grade School I used to go to the Irvin Theater on Saturdays in the summer. They had kid movies and cartoons in the mornings. 1958 to 1962

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