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Art & Theater in Downstate Illinois

Southern Illinois is home to historic movie houses, theatres, and some of the last remaining drive-ins in the United States! Don’t miss the chance to see a concert, drama, musical, comedy or live performance at one of our unique venues. Many of these establishments have been here for generations and are home to thriving community theatre groups.

1020 Artworks Studio

1020 Artworks Studio  is the perfect place to spend a fun- and family-filled afternoon. At their spacious art studio, 1020 Artworks offers art cl...more!

Art in the Park

Celebrate world class art in October at this two-day juried exhibit and sale. Highland IL's Art in the Park features original works from 70+ artis...more!

Art on the Square

Art on the Square features over 100 international and domestic artists and welcomes 85,000+ visitors each year. Come shop for one-of-a-kind pieces as ...more!

Brubeck Art Gallery

Three to four shows are scheduled during the academic year. Local artists are the main focus in photography, painting, sculpture,textiles and quilts, ...more!

Cedarhurst Center For the Arts

Since its opening in 1973, Cedarhurst has grown into a cultural mecca spread over 80 acres. The original two-room museum has expanded into a 33,000-sq...more!

Clinton County Showcase

The Showcase performs at the historic and newly renovated Avon Theatre. The season also includes a children's play in the summer at North Park. Indoor...more!

courage&grace DIY

courage&grace is a DIY workshop studio that hosts public and private workshops for groups....more!

Cultural Society and Community Art Center

Several groups including Little Theater Players, Philharmonic Orchestra, Actors in Action and more use this venue for plays, performances, concerts, e...more!


Pull up to the speakers at one of the few drive-in theaters left in the country. Go and enjoy the nostalgic trip....more!

The EDGE 5 Theatres

The theatres opened in July 2012, and all five theatres have state-of-the-art digital projectors, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, curved silver screens ...more!

Espenschied Chapel

Built in 1928, the chapel has recently been renovated. It is now open for concerts and special events....more!

Factory Theatre

The Theatre is housed in what was originally the Greenville Steam Laundry, the Hygienic Ice Company, the Hygienic Dairy and the Ice Cream Company. Tod...more!

The Finishing Touch Gallery

The Finishing Touch Gallery showcases regional talent as well as works from our artist friends in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Kansas and Indiana....more!

First Official Airmail Flight Mural

Dorothea Mierisch's mural commemorates the first official airmail flight in McLeansboro on September 26, 1912. Today, you can visit the mural in t...more!

Gaelic Origins Irish Dance

Gaelic Origins is an Irish dance school located in O'Fallon IL offering classes to children and adults, as well as community dance events, private...more!

Gaslight Art Colony

Gaslight Art Colony is dedicated to broadening an appreciation of the arts by providing opportunities that promote awareness, participation, and under...more!

Globe Theatre

The marquee is patterned after the grand marquees of the 1920s, but the audio-visual equipment is state of the art. Three screens run first-run movies...more!

Hard Road Theatre Productions

Audiences delight in quality performances by the community theatre group. They schedule four shows a year, including a children's performance....more!

Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

The Hett brings distinguished speakers, concerts and drama for the enjoyment of people throughout the Metro area....more!

John Stull Performing Art Center at Olney Central College

Many local and national performances are hosted here throughout the year....more!

Lincoln Theatre

The historic theatre features first-run movies, organ concerts, puppet shows, Broadway style musical performances and special events. Tours can be arr...more!

Link Art Gallery

The Link Art Gallery, a non-profit organization, offers a full range of art activities and programs to the residents and artists of the region includi...more!

Linn Park Amphitheater

This open-air venue hosts a variety of musical performances and family-friendly events throughout the year....more!

Looking Glass Playhouse

Drama, musicals and comedy performances are on the bill throughout the season....more!

Lory Theater

This theater has been showing movies to the residents of Highland since the movie industry came of age. Prior to that, it was a live entertainment fac...more!

Makers on Main Street

Makers on Main Street offers handmade gifts and home décor items from over 60+ local Makers....more!

Marshall Walldog Murals

During the week of June 22-26, 2016 over 150 artists from across the United States as well as Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, England and Australi...more!

McKendree University Gallery of Art

This new gallery features work by local artists and the St. Louis art community in special exhibits that change every month....more!

Metal Crafters Studio

Visit Metal Crafters Studio, a co-op studio for sharing and learning metal related jewelry and art, on your upcoming Downstate Illinois adventure. At ...more!

Midwest Salute to the Arts

This juried art show, held in August, is for all media and has activities for all ages. 100 artists are chosen from around the United States and inter...more!

Missoula Children's Theatre

Up to 60 local children are cast in an adaptation of a favorite fairy tale, such as Princess & the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Pinnochio, Tre...more!

Monroe Actors Stage Company (MASC)

This Community Theatre troupe is located in the Historic Capitol Theatre. They produce 5 shows a year with the purpose of bringing enjoyable and affor...more!

Nostalgia Theater

The Nostalgia Theater is a 501c3 organization that serves Flora and the surrounding area....more!

Open House Theater Company

The troupe's season runs from March - August at the New Athens Gym....more!

Piety's Art Gallery

Visit Piety's Art Gallery on your next trip to Greenville, IL. The Greenville Artist Guild has partnered with member and artist Piety Choi to open a n...more!

Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum

The museum features hundreds of sculptural pieces by Richard Bock, best known for his work with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Hours for the museum are...more!

Roscoe Misselhorn Gallery

Two thousand original drawings, paintings and woodcuts by Roscoe Misselhorn, the Norman Rockwell of the Midwest, are displayed in the old GM&O dep...more!

Salem Community Theatre & Cultural Center

Visit the Salem Community Theatre & Cultural Center for quarterly plays and revues, as well as free movies in the Winter. The venue is also availa...more!

S.D. Meadows Folk Art Gallery

S.D. Meadows Folk Art Gallery is housed in a restored 1900s storefront along the Lincoln Heritage Trail in Palestine—the oldest town in Illinois...more!


Shewey's is a paint your own pottery studio located in Paris, IL....more!

Skyview Drive-In

The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, IL shows first-run movies from April to October. Don't miss the opportunity to catch a show at one of only 200 dri...more!

Sparta Community Chorus & Players

This area group has an annual schedule of performances at the Sparta Community Playhouse....more!

Starmax Cinemas

Starmax Cinemas provides the latest and greatest films on 4 screens to Vandalia and surrounding communities in Downstate Illinois....more!

Street Art Festival

Artists transform the streets around the historic downtown square into an outdoor museum as they create fabulous street paintings in chalk. Watch them...more!

Tarble Arts Center

MISSION STATEMENT "Bring the arts to the people." The mission of the Tarble Arts Center is to engender appreciation for and involvement ...more!

Tiadaghton House

The Tiadaghton House features local art, antiques and fine American craft.  Over 70 local artists and craftsmen show and sell their work here.&nb...more!

VineGogh Wine Bar & Art Studio

VineGogh Wine Bar & Art Studio is a family-owned wine/cocktail bar, art studio, and boutique....more!

Walldogs Murals

Explore murals through-out the city of Olney! ...more!

Weave and Wobble

Weave & Wobble offers classes, speciality yarns, and local handmade items for purchase. If you like to be a maker of fiber or clay, or shop for un...more!

Wine & Art Festival

Spend and evening with Downstate Illinois's fines wines and local artisans at the Wine & Art Festival in Carlyle, IL. Bretz Wildlife Lodge & W...more!

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