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Cinema Gallery

120 W. Main St.
Urbana  Illinois  61801
United States
(217) 367-3711
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Robert Loerzel
This gallery inside an old movie-theater lobby sells an intriguingly diverse range of art.

In a classic case of an old building finding a new purpose, in 2001 downtown Urbana's shuttered movie theater was transformed into this art gallery -- the front lobby of the theater, that is. The back part of the building has been renovated into offices. Originally built as Busey's Hall opera house in 1870, the structure became the Princess Theater in 1915. Now it's Carolyn Baxley's Cinema Gallery, which sells an eclectic mix of art. More than 50 professional artists from central Illinois, including faculty members from several universities and colleges, sell their work at Cinema Gallery. Their media range from ceramics and metal sculptures to all sorts of paintings. Their styles range from pretty landscapes to cutting-edge images with touches of surrealism and abstract art.Cinema Gallery, which puts up different individual and group art shows every four to six weeks, makes creative use of the old space, displaying paintings in every nook and cranny, including some stairways that seem to lead nowhere. Both the art and the space make for interesting exploring.

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