More efforts to reopen Peoria’s Madison Theater are underway

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PEORIA (25News Now) – The very first Blockbuster Bash for the Madison Theater was a way to raise money and awareness to help the preservation.

The Blockbuster Bash took place all day Saturday on the corner across from the theater.

It included local vendors, performances by many local artists, and big headliners like Still Shine, the BriziLionaires, and Sun Stereo.

The Madison Preservation Association is a volunteer board dedicated to reopening the theater. The president says she loves seeing the support from the community.

“We’re bringing life back to this block; this block is usually very empty, and bringing life back to this block will bring life back to downtown Peoria. It’s so important for the economic development,” said Pam Johnson, President of The Madison Preservation Association.

Johnson says it’s a beautiful theater with lots of history. She says it was built in 1920 and was used to show movies until 1983. After that, it held concerts until 2003 but has been closed for the past 20 years.

She hopes this event showed people the talent that the theater could bring to Peoria.

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