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 offer 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:
Theatre Proper Main floor and balcony seating for 375. The seats are large, comfortable and have a cup holder. The theatre proper is ADA accessible as is the Club Cafe & Bar, lobby and restrooms. The theatre proper can be utilized for many types of events - live concerts & theatre, weddings, proms, corporate, community and family events and movies. The house sound, light and video systems are state of the art and come with technicians, as needed, to insure your event is punctuated with your specifications. In-house production services are available to assist with creative aspects of event planning at no extra charge.
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 can seat 155 people for banquet dining. It is the PERFECT special event space for large private parties, weddings and expositions. This blank canvas room can be designed and decorated for your particular festive needs. At this time, the Skidmore Room 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 picture windows recently redone in 2014 or downstairs in the Club Cafe. If you can not make it to the second floor, you won't miss a thing!
The Theatre Marquee is available on which to place your event sign. Just imagine 15,000 cars per day driving by, observing the date of your event. There is no better advertising than the marquee. We know, it sells tickets!
You ask, "Where the heck-in-the-world 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