Leo Monckton Gave Quincyans The State...

Leo Monckton Gave Quincyans The State Theater:

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Hank Hokamp

Quincy, IL

#1 Jun 4, 2008


On Christmas Day in 1938, the State Theater
opened with Alexander's Ragtime Band starring
Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, and Don Ameche.
Charles Behrensmeyer was retained to design the
theater in 1927 and Leo Monckton erected the theater.

The State Theater was advertised as an attractive movie house, modern in every detail, including air-conditioning. It was a 500-seat theater with an Art Deco style The long,narrow design, sloping floor and Celotex material made the theater one of the most "sound perfect" buildings in the area.

The theater also had two innovations that had never been tried before in Quincy. The back row seats in the main section was fitted with acoustical devices for the hearing impaired. The other innovation was a “crying room” in the second floor where mothers could take their small children and still view and hear the
picture.

The entrance to the theater on South Eighth street had a wide lobby. The ticket office was in the center and to the right as one entered was the men’s room and to the left was the powder room for women. The lobby was decorated in apple green and maroon with silver stripes and a terazzo floor.

In the auditorium, the seats were of the lastest
style, self rising so that as soon as they were not in use they would fold up. The auditorium walls were a maroon finish to five feet from the floor, with a pleasing light color of Celotex material above that.

The last feature film at the State Theater was “Little Man Tate”.

The State Theater closed in February 1992 after Kerasotes Theaters had operated the theater for several decades.

Source: www.stateroomquincy.com/

HANK

tom

Payson, IL

#2 Jun 4, 2008
Thank's Hank, That was very interesting reading.
kate hawkes

Quincy, IL

#3 Jul 16, 2009
Do you have any more info on Leo Monckton's connection with this theater? I am looking for info on Leo Monckton. I knew his wife, Mildred, in the '70's, and stayed in their home (I think it was on Locust St).
donna kirby

United States

#4 Apr 25, 2010
kate hawkes wrote:
Do you have any more info on Leo Monckton's connection with this theater? I am looking for info on Leo Monckton. I knew his wife, Mildred, in the '70's, and stayed in their home (I think it was on Locust St).
Mildred was my great aunt. I have been to their house a few times as a child.
Donna Kirby

Springfield, IL

#5 Apr 26, 2010
Mildred and Leo Monckton are my great uncle and great aunt. They lived at 1419 Locust St. in what is now called the "Monckton Mansion."
My son is going to the mansion today today to see what condition it is in.
My mother mother is still living but does not remember much about the theater.
I live in Springfield, IL.
Diane Clark

Independence, MO

#6 Aug 19, 2011
donna kirby wrote:
<quoted text>
Mildred was my great aunt. I have been to their house a few times as a child.
My grandmother was born and reared in Marblehead and knew Mildred. My aunt and uncle met Leo. Apparently he was very generous in many ways, even offering to pay for medical care for children he didn't even know. I know he is alledged to have "mob" connections but it seems he had a good side, too.
psm

Quincy, IL

#7 Sep 2, 2011
Diane Clark wrote:
<quoted text>
My grandmother was born and reared in Marblehead and knew Mildred. My aunt and uncle met Leo. Apparently he was very generous in many ways, even offering to pay for medical care for children he didn't even know. I know he is alledged to have "mob" connections but it seems he had a good side, too.
I was born and raised in Marblehead also, and I took care of Mildred at St. Vincents.
Imo

Central City, KY

#8 Oct 25, 2011
Was Charlotte Monkton any relation to Leo?
Pat McCormick

Port Orange, FL

#9 Jun 13, 2012
I believe the Kirlin family bought this house in or aroung the 1970s and lived there for awhile. back in the middle 50s Danny Moe once called the house and asked for the drunkin munctons - which got him in troubel with Arnold his father...we were about 10 at the time. In my memories it sat semi deserted through the 60s. Several friends of my father {Dave} told me that during prohibition Mr monkton sold booze. I believe the story as Porter and Dolly Settles from the Rainbow inn, as well as Elder Reniga, who had a saloon in the 50s on 6th confirmed it to me. I was born in 1946 the year my Dad came to Quincy ... so I certainly do not know first hand
Pat McCormick

Port Orange, FL

#10 Jun 13, 2012
Please excuse my poor spelling in the above comment. If you wish to know more from me...you may email me a [email protected]
Shelby

Camp Point, IL

#11 Sep 21, 2012
Imo wrote:
Was Charlotte Monkton any relation to Leo?
if you are refering to Charlotte Monckton who is the daughter of Chuck Jr. and Norma Monckton Of Quincy Illinois, then yes she was in relation to Leo and Mildred Monckton. Norma and Chuck Jr. where my Great aunt and Uncle. Yes, Leo had ties and connections to the Mob in Chicago and yes, he did sell booze during the prohibition. They bootlegged it in the bottom of a tavern they had at the foot of 8th street. They also had slot machines in the bottom of this tavern as well.
James Ellerbrfake

Salinas, CA

#12 Jan 3, 2013
Leo and Mil Monckton were my Aunt and Uncle. Growing up in Quincy I spent a great deal of time at the home at 1419 Locust Street in the 1940's and 1950's. It was a beautif two story home with many fireplaces, bedrooms, baths amd a large kitchen and two car garage.There was also a large basement where Leo kept slot machines that needed repair. Leo wss a bootleger during probition but moved into slot machines after probition. Gov. Adali Stevenson put him out of business in the early 1950's when he decided to put an end to illegal gambling. Dam Adali......Mil loved to decorate her home with antiques from the area. They also shopped in Europe and imported a chandlier from England. A craftsman was sent from England to assemble it and place it over the dinning room table. The home has a large porch that surrounded the front of the house and there was portico on the side of the house so visitso could exit their cars and access the house with getting caught inthe rain, show or cold weather. There was a kennel on the property for Leo's many hunting dogs, an above the ground swimming pool with two ool houses next to a large garden. In addition their was a screened in BBQ house and a large fish pool and a gazibo. Leo was an attractive gray haired gentleman, who always hosted the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners forthe family. He was always very kind to me and asked that I say grace at all the holiday dinners. Mil was a woman in motion. I loved her. Those were the best of times......James Ellerbrake, Carmel, CA
Katie Peter

Quincy, IL

#13 Aug 20, 2013
I live in Quincy and have always been fascinated by this house. I had the pleasure of touring it last night because my aunt and uncle know the new owner, Larry Royalty. When they were cleaning up the property, which was very overgrown, they found a sidewalk that led from the large concrete slab behind the house into the timber. They followed the sidewalk and found what looked like remnants of a gate then a foundation of a building. They've heard the building was a small casino. Does anyone know if this is true or what that building may have been used for, if not a casino?
Paul Treston

Riverside, CA

#14 Aug 20, 2013
I'm glad to hear that the city enjoyed the theater I know my family did.

As for the house on Locust I spent many weekends and summers there with my grandmother until she sold the proprty to the Wagner family in the 70s. The slab you found was either to a small pool house or more than likley to a kennel or barbecue that has long since been torn down.

I know about my grandfathers "clubs" but never ever found any evidence or proof of any mob connections and apparently neither did the police that raided his clubs on more than one occasion. So either he was smart enough to cover his tracks or more than likely it never happened. I know it bothers my mother who now lives in Texas when she hears such rumors.

Quincy is a city with a lot of history behind it, enjoy it.
Katie Peter

Quincy, IL

#15 Aug 20, 2013
Paul, I love history and big beautiful homes so if you have any other stories or information please email me at [email protected] In particular, we're wondering why there are doorbells in every bedroom. I'm sure a lot has changed since you've seen it so if you ever visit Quincy, Larry loves having people come take a look.
Paul Treston

Riverside, CA

#16 Sep 14, 2013
They were to call for service from the staff. Thiere is or was a panel in the kitchen that would light up when the button was pushed.
Dan Monckton peoria il

Peoria, IL

#17 Oct 18, 2013
My family is from mt.sterling il and i know we are releated to leo but i dont know how.
Todd Wagner

United States

#18 Jan 27, 2014
Pat McCormick wrote:
I believe the Kirlin family bought this house in or aroung the 1970s and lived there for awhile. back in the middle 50s Danny Moe once called the house and asked for the drunkin munctons - which got him in troubel with Arnold his father...we were about 10 at the time. In my memories it sat semi deserted through the 60s. Several friends of my father {Dave} told me that during prohibition Mr monkton sold booze. I believe the story as Porter and Dolly Settles from the Rainbow inn, as well as Elder Reniga, who had a saloon in the 50s on 6th confirmed it to me. I was born in 1946 the year my Dad came to Quincy ... so I certainly do not know first hand
It was the wagner family that bought the home. I would know as i am the youngest and lived there my first 8 years
ken rakers

Orion, IL

#19 Jun 28, 2014
Paul Treston wrote:
I'm glad to hear that the city enjoyed the theater I know my family did.
As for the house on Locust I spent many weekends and summers there with my grandmother until she sold the proprty to the Wagner family in the 70s. The slab you found was either to a small pool house or more than likley to a kennel or barbecue that has long since been torn down.
I know about my grandfathers "clubs" but never ever found any evidence or proof of any mob connections and apparently neither did the police that raided his clubs on more than one occasion. So either he was smart enough to cover his tracks or more than likely it never happened. I know it bothers my mother who now lives in Texas when she hears such rumors.
Quincy is a city with a lot of history behind it, enjoy it.
Paul, i should remember you. i lived across the street and spent a lot of time at the house. i knew your grandpa and grandma. i remember riding in the caddy convertible. i also remember seeing the slot machines in the basement you lived on south 23rd as a youngster.
PKGEERS

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Sep 9, 2014
I knew the Monkton family for many years. They were members of St. Rose of Lima Parish, some say that they family help build St. Rose, but at the time was built the first church 1892, and the current church 1912, Leo was just a kid.

According to the records of the church and all the donations, they did help or leave a dime to the parish. Leo made most of his money on slot machines, as I have a 1940's Colliers mag about the story of him and who many slot machines he had too.

Chuck his wife and daughter lived above their tavern at 8th and Jersey, also members of St. Rose as well as Chuck father and family. They were all very nice people to know. I remember where Chuck built a back stop for us on the St. Rose ball field behind the Church.

I only new Leo's wife, as she moved to a small ranch home on second and Kentucky St, after moving from 1419, then she went to St. Vincents home and later was buried from St. Rose.

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