The Star Theater
The Star Theater has celebrated 84 years of memories for at least 4 generations of local residents who recall Saturday cowboy matinees, the smell and flavor of greasy popcorn and holding hands in the dark. The ‘show house,’ a landmark at the corner of South State Street and East Idaho Streets continues to be a gathering place for local families.
Built in about 1917 by A.C. Gordon, the ‘Star’ was originally know as the ‘Wheaton Theater’, a small forum for traveling dramatic troupes. Gordon put a movie screen in and changed the name to the ‘Star Theater’ when he purchased the building.
Gordon kept the stage and the dressing rooms located in the basement area of the theater intact, it was the silent movies with a piano player that brought the crowds in. Gordon eventually built a second theater, 'The Mayfair'. Gordon said during the Great Depression era of the 1930’s they would have Keno and Penowin game nights in the theater, giving away dishes and the likes.
The beauty of this historic building comes with its challenges. We are privileged to call The Star Theater our home and work to take care of it. With generous donations from our community, friends, and sponsors, the Onion Skin Players have kept up the building and continue to work to update it.
Our next update...theater seating. We appreciate the vintage theater chairs that have served us well. However, we also appreciate our audience's need to be comfortable. This a big and expensive project, one which we need your help with. Join with us in modernizing and expanding the quality of our theater experience.