The Wildey Theater is a great community resource in Edwardsville – it is one of the few theaters to present both classic movies and live performances.
It is also a piece of Edwardsville history; built more than 100 years ago, in 1909 as an opera house. The city of Edwardsville extensively renovated and reopened the Wildey in April 2011 as a center of the performing arts, entertainment and movies – so it now features state of the art technical capabilities.
If you love movies, check out the Wildey’s offerings—they’re not only great, they’re easy on the pocketbook. Every Tuesday, the Wildey presents $2 movies, with such films as Shakespeare in Love, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck, and holiday classics like Elf, with Will Ferrell.
As though $2 wasn’t cheap enough, there are also movies that are free! (Local merchants underwrite them for the community). National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the Harry Potter movies have been featured in this series.
As a holiday treat, the Wildey screens free showings of the classic, White Christmas every year; all movie-goers will receive a free goodie bag with special props to use during the movie. Holiday movie trivia will take place at 6:30 p.m. prior to the evening shows. Plus, there is a sing-along with the great score!
Rick Derringer and Judy Collins are among the performing artists scheduled at the Wildey early in 2016. Local groups will also be on the stage at the winter performance series: Falling Fences (Irish music and Americana), Jake’s Leg (a Grateful Dead tribute band), and Zydeco Crawdaddy’s (Cajun music) will headline.
Be sure to catch a movie or a show in the near future!