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Alton High School's Pit parking area, before it was paved, and before the annex was built. in 1937.

Alton High School's Pit parking area, before it was paved, and before the annex was built. in 1937.

alton illinois historic | Madison County ILGenWeb - Theatre History

alton illinois historic | Madison County ILGenWeb - Theatre History

Alton, Illinois, Riverfront, 1861.

Alton, Illinois, Riverfront, 1861.

alton illinois map | Alton postcard post card - Court House, Alton, IL

alton illinois map | Alton postcard post card - Court House, Alton, IL

Alton’s Grand Theater, located at Third and Market streets downtown, held a war bond rally along with the film “This Is The Army.” The Alton Municipal Band performed during the rally on Oct. 6, 1943. The Grand was considered Alton’s finest movie theater. When it was built in the early 1930s, live vaudeville acts were featured, as well as giveaways, such as towels and depression glass, to attract people to the shows.

Alton’s Grand Theater, located at Third and Market streets downtown, held a war bond rally along with the film “This Is The Army.” The Alton Municipal Band performed during the rally on Oct. 6, 1943. The Grand was considered Alton’s finest movie theater. When it was built in the early 1930s, live vaudeville acts were featured, as well as giveaways, such as towels and depression glass, to attract people to the shows.

Alton, Illinois (1858) Civil War Prison looking South.

Alton, Illinois (1858) Civil War Prison looking South.

Side view of Alton High School, 1946 | Photo by Emmett Porter

Side view of Alton High School, 1946 | Photo by Emmett Porter

Train in downtown Alton, IL. RC

Train in downtown Alton, IL. RC

Front Street in Alton.  From the collection of Doug Mayes.

Front Street in Alton. From the collection of Doug Mayes.