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On September 16, 2010, over 200 Edwardsville High School orchestra, choir and theatre students volunteered their talents for a benefit concert to help raise money for a new curtain for the renovated Wildey Theatre.  The students played music and sang songs from movies that were shown at the Wildey during its 100-year history.

In this June 11, 2010 segment, KMOV's "Great Day St. Louis" came to Edwardsville during the Route 66 Festival and broadcast this report on the Wildey's renovation.

In this January 9, 2009, Bank of Edwardsville Hidden Treasure segment on KMOV’s “Great Day St. Louis,” reporter Tim Tialdo interviews Rich Walker inside the Wildey Theatre.

On January 11th, 2007, John Auble from Fox 2 News broadcasted an update on the Wildey Theatre.  Included in the broadcast was an interview with Joan Evers, daughter of Ed Foehrkalb (former Wildey Theatre projectionist for over 40 years).

On March  8, 1984, Kathy Leonard for Channel 5 Night Beat announced the closing of the Wildey Theatre in a taped news broadcast. Here are some excerpts  from that broadcast on closing night.

Kathy Leonard’s introduction of the Wildey Theatre. More than 400 people were in attendance on closing night to see a showing of the Wildey’s final movie The Big Chill.

Ed Foehrkalb served as the Wildey’s projectionist for more than 40 years.  He began working at the theater as a boy, sweeping floors and doing other odd jobs.  Mr. Foehrkalb is the only person who was in the audience on opening day in 1909 and at the theatre closing 75 years later. On March 8, 1984, employees of the Wildey Theatre presented Mr. Foehrkalb with the last aluminum reel used at the theatre.

In 1937, the Wildey reopened after a major renovation.  The old iron canopy was removed and was replaced with a lighted marquee with yellow, orange and red stripes. Many of the Wildey’s marquee lights were burnt out when this video was taped, but the marquee still shone bright.

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On March  29, 2005, a special lighting ceremony was held to light up the Wildey  Theatre’s newly restored marquee. Three separate switches were flipped  representing the past, present and the future of the Wildey.  Joan Evers flipped the first switch, Marvin “Preach” Webb flipped the second  switch, and a group of children from the community flipped the third switch.

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Wildey Theatre Benefit Concert

Restoration of the Wildey Theatre

John Auble Presents a Wildey Theatre Update

Restoration of the Wildey Theatre

Marquee Lights Lit for the First Time in Twenty Years!

Closing Night Television Broadcast

Ed Foehrkalb - Wildey Theatre Projectionist for 40 Years

1984 Marquee Lights

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