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Gillioz Theatre, Springfield

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Theater · Concert / Show
The Gillioz Theatre is a historic theatre located at Springfield, Missouri, United States. It was built by M. E. Gillioz of Monett, Missouri. Mr. Gillioz was in the business of building bridges, and the theater was built with steel and concrete. Wood was only used for handrails, doors, and doorframes. The original cost of the building was $300,000. Renovation costs totaled approximately $1.9 million.
The theater opened on October 11, 1926. Gillioz managed to secure a 100-year lease on one 16-foot (4.9 m) wide piece of property which bordered on U.S. Route 66, so that the theater could garner patrons who traveled on that historic highway. After many prosperous years, and many not-so-prosperous years, the "Gillioz, Theatre Beautiful" finally offered its last show in the summer of 1980, an opera.
The theater was originally a transition theater, with a Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ for silent movies and a stage for live performances, such as vaudeville acts. The pipe organ was Wurlitzer's opus 1411 Style D. The organ had 2 manuals and 6 ranks of pipes, 4 tuned percussions, 6 traps, and 9 sound effects. The organ was sold in 1980 when the theatre closed and is currently in private hands. A sound system was installed in 1928 with the advent of talkies.
The theatre is mainly a concert venue. It hosts a variety of entertainment such as Dave Chappelle, Elvis Costello, George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, Kacey Musgraves, and many more. Capacity for general admission is 1,300 and for reserved seating there is 1,015.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. It is located in the Springfield Public Square Historic District.
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  • Beautifully restored theater. Every concert feels like an intimate event; like having the artist in your living room.  more »
  • This was our first visit to the Gillioz. We made the trip to see Stephan Curtis Chapman solo. What a great experience!. We loved the atmosphere and felt like the performance was just for us. We will.....  more »
  • ... in a revitalized downtown. My wife & I attended a one-man stage show there featuring Canadian writer & comedic actor Steve Smith, better known in the U.S. as PBS TV personality "Red Green...  more »
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  • This venue is beautiful! The staff are friendly and keep the entry lines flowing wonderfully. The venue is intimate and small while still feeling open and spacious. I've worked at and been to many concert venues so I can be a little picky... but the Gillioz met all my expectations.
  • Great show last night with Aaron Lewis. First time for me at the Gillioz. I highly recommend paying the extra cost of the floor level tickets. Balcony view is great but legroom does NOT exist...unless you're under 5'. Staff was great. I will be back to this venue.
  • This awesome remodeled theater is just crazy cool, don't look it up, don't ask for details, just plan and go see something there, you'll be glad you did. We went and saw The Wizard of Oz on the big screen and it was absolutely delightful. I never got to see The Wizard of Oz in the theater so this was a bucket list event for me, and I will happily be going back to see other things in the very near future. I think what makes this a five-star establishment for me, is that they serve beer and wine and their concession prices are very reasonable. The people there are very friendly and genuinely try their best to see that you enjoy your experience! Did I mention that this place is beautifully remodeled? It is just over the top beautiful, it's definitely a sight to see! This is only the second film I've seen at the Gillioz but we will definitely be doing a lot more this summer and into the fall... Cheers!
  • The Gillioz is an amazing place to be at. I highly recommend going to the Mystery Hour tapings. For around $15 you get to be an audience member for three shows. Seating is comfortable and every seat in the house has a great view. The lobby, bathrooms, and food area are worth the price. Also they have security at the doors which helps make the place secure.
  • Venue is historic and theater is lovely. Seating is tight, and don't even THINK about standing or dancing in the balcony. Security will ask you to sit down or move to the back of the balcony. This happened to me at both Big Smith and Gary Clark Jr. Maybe this is a Springfeld thing? Have never been asked to sit at a concert other than this venue.

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