We are proud to introduce to you the new look of our fabulous 1931 Art Deco Watseka Theatre venue. We look forward to bringing to the community the opportunity of experiencing a variety of entertainment arts; from concerts, live music & professional dance troupes to dinner theatre, local talent shows, private events such as weddings, and special holiday productions. This beautifully classic 1931 Art Deco building was designed by the famous Louis Skidmore of "Skidmore, Owens and Merrill." The Watseka Theatre is believed to be the only theatre he ever designed. He went on to become the "Chief Architect" of the 1933 Century of Progress Chicago Worlds Fair. You may be familiar with some of his and his firms most renown buildings, such as the New York United Nations Building, Chicago Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center. The Watseka Theatre is definitely a "Diamond in Our Own Backyard."
We will also be offering The Watseka Theatre and its accompanying facilities to the community to rent for private parties, weddings, corporate meetings, family reunions or.... just use your imagination.
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New Years Eve Live at the Watseka Theatre
Our services include:
Seating for 400, main floor and balcony seating available. We have taken great care in researching and ordering seating that is wider than almost all other theatre chairs for the comfort of all. The Theatre proper offers ADA wheelchair accessible areas.
Club Cafe & Bar 1st floor The Club Cafe is open for fine dining on FRIDAYS for lunch and dinner. LUNCH We offer fresh hand made pizzas cooked in a wood burning oven for lunch. Enjoy hand tossed pizza cooked this way - a rustic and smokey flavor that is unique in this area. Add to that your choice of our house salad or freshly made soup of the Friday. Oh yeah, your soft drink is included. DINNER We offer a fine dining experience on Friday night that includes original gourmet recipes, homemade desserts and live music while you dine. Count on our musicians playing their original music. A full-service bar with your favorite elements to make up your favorite concoction. Join us for cocktails and an appetizer or chocolaty dessert while enjoying the live music. The Club Cafe is a safe and classy atmosphere in which to enjoy your moment. For private parties and weddings, this area can be utilized in a number of ways; just ask. The Club Cafe is wheelchair accessible with ADA restrooms and wheelchair access to the Theatre proper.
Skidmore Banquet Room 2nd floor
This large open space is for over-flow from the Cafe and Theatre during event intermissions, and special event space for private parties, weddings and expositions, etc. It also has the capability of being designed and decorated for your particular festive needs. This area is not wheelchair accessible. This area could communicate with the 1st floor via live, closed circuit television during all events. You will experience the feel of one big room, whether you are upstairs viewing Watseka through all of the beautiful new picture windows or downstairs. If you can not make it to the second floor, you won't miss a thing!
You ask, "Where the heck is Watseka"?
It is just that easy. The city of Watseka has hotels and a bed & breakfast to accommodate travelers and overnighters. Super 8 - 815.432.6000 Razzano House B&B - 815.432.4240
The stage Before..........
Our niece's family visited from Texas for the Grand Opening
and After..........and Now!
Club Cafe Open Friday Nights for Dinner
The Watseka Theatre Stage New Years Eve 2007
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Watseka Theatre 218 E. Walnut St. Watseka, IL 60970