Wildey Theater

The Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, Illinois is a historical landmark to the community. It was originally opened as an opera house in 1909, and has transitioned into many things over the years. The theater was closed in 1984, designated a local landmark in 1986, taken over by the City in 1999, and recently re-opened again as a venue for live performances and classic films.

Earlier this week, I got a behind the scenes look at the theater. I was a bit disappointed to see that the auditorium was all new, but took the time to experiment with long exposure shots.

One of the original projectors was hiding away in the basement (possibly slated to be restored), along with other misc. equipment.

Quite possibly my favorite finds were on the top floor where I found an upright grand piano (something I have been itching to find in this type of setting), and an antique safe.

2 thoughts on “Wildey Theater

  1. Edwardsville is really shaping up into quite the adorable little town! I have relatives in that neck of the woods and love seeing the improvements and resourcefulness taking place there! The train track/bike path is especially wonderful!

    You captured some beautiful shots!

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