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Rialto Square Theatre will get a new marquee

The historic Rialto Square Theatre along Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois, soon will receive a new marquee and will repaint its iconic vertical sign thanks to a $350,000 gift from a local construction firm owner, reported The Herald-News. The new marquee…

Baxter Springs theater nominated to National Register

The Ritz Theater, a former movie house on Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, according to a news release from the Kansas Historical Society. The building is at 1145 N.…

Quentin Tarantino backs out of Rialto deal

Oscar-winning movie director Quentin Tarantino recently withdrew an offer to buy the closed Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena, California, reported the South Pasadena Review. According to South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President Scott Feldmann, Tarantino agreed to a contract for…

Route 66 Theater may be haunted

If we are to believe a paranormal team sent to investigate, the historic Route 66 Movie Theater in downtown Webb City, Missouri, is haunted by a spirit named Zach. Here’s the story posted on KOAM-TV: KOAM TV 7 The team…

A tour of the Tower Theatre

A few days ago, The Oklahoman newspaper provided a tour for 30 subscribers to the historic but long-closed Tower Theatre along Route 66’s Northwest 23rd Street alignment in Oklahoma City. As you will see, the tour contained a few former…

Fox Theatre light returns to downtown Springfield

A replica of the Fox Theatre’s neon sign in downtown Springfield, Missouri, was installed and lighted Thursday night, reported KLOR-TV. The relighting was part of History Museum on the Square‘s fall fundraiser. The Fox Theatre is located at 157 Park…

Johnny Rockets to open four types of Route 66-themed restaurants

The Johnny Rockets restaurant chain plans to open four types of Route 66-themed prototype restaurants — including drive-ins, food trucks and drive-in theaters —  as soon as this year, according to a news release Monday from the company. The restaurant stated:…

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