Russell "Rialto" Building

The Russell Building was built in 1905 at 121 - 123 West Church Street. On Tuesday November 12, 1915 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell opened the Belvoir Theater. The theater was built for stage shows as well as films with the opening show being Beverly’s…

Park "Art" Theater

Designed in 1913 by Chicago architect Lewis E. Russell, the Art stands as Downtown’s longest continuing theater. The owner of the building was B.F. Cooper who choose many of the details based on this tours of leading playhouses in Chicago. Local…

Walker Opera House

Built by John “Wall” Mulliken of Walker and Mulliken Furniture Store, The Walker Opera House was one of Champaign’s first theaters. Unlike most of the Vaudeville houses built before it, the Walker was a theater in the true sense with a large stage…

New Orpheum Theater

Built in the Classical Revival style, this beautiful 800 seat theater was constructed by the famous architects Cornelius and George Rapp of Carbondale, IL. George was a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Architecture. in 1899. Their…

Princess Theater

BUILDING HISTORY Busey’s Hall, also known as The Princess Theater, was one of the first brick buildings in Urbana, Illinois. The building was originally built for two brothers, Samuel T. and Simeon Busey, yet the architect is unknown. It was built…

Joesph Wright Scott Memorial, 1979

Harry Breen's vividly colored ceramic sculpture at the entrance to the Colwell Theatre honors Joseph Wright Scott, a respected member of the Department of Speech and Theatre from 1936 until his retirement in 1972. lnscribed on the base are the words,…