The Lindo Theatre, designed by world famous Chicago architects and brothers, C.W. Rapp and George L. Rapp, opened on April 17, 1922. John Dittman, owner of several other Freeport theatres, constructed it.
The theatre had a single screen with a seating capacity of 1200 all on one floor, a stage for vaudeville acts with dressing rooms below and a Bennet pipe organ to accompany the films. For the Lindo's opening an orchestra with the top musicians in Freeport performed, as well as an organist, who was particularly skilled at playing for silent films.
A contest was conducted to name the new theatre, and the prize-winning name, Lindo, was taken from the names Lincoln and Douglas to commemorate their second debate, which had been held in Freeport.
Silents gave way to sound and theatres entered a new era. During the 1930's several additional theatres opened in Freeport: The Patio (which is now occupied by the Stephenson County Farm Bureau), the State and the new State.
In 1939 Steve Bennis of Lincoln, Illinois, leased the Lindo, renamed it the Freeport and started a three-generation Bennis family operation in Freeport. Due to a decline in attendance the theatre was closed in 1983.
Monday 3:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 3:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 3:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 3:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM