The Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO, underwent an $8.6 million rehabilitation using Federal Historic Preservation tax credits and a Save America’s Treasures grant. The theater was built in 1926 to host both live performances and silent movies. In the late 1970s it began to lose customers to suburban malls, fell into disrepair, and had its last performance in 1980. The restored Gillioz now boasts a grand two-story lobby with ornamental plaster and intricately painted ceiling, an auditorium with restored seating and lighting, and a new marquee, modern HVAC, and safety systems. A new lobby and restaurant next door serve theatergoers, who now can enjoy entertainment surrounded by the Gillioz’s present and former glory.
Photo: The Gillioz Theater’s original grandeur is revealed.
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