Help Preserve the Gillioz

Preserving, celebrating and creating memories is what the Gillioz has done for 94 years. With a global pandemic pausing our programming, your donation is more important than ever to preserve this historic theater - and the generations of memories it holds.

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$10.00 Level

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Your gift of $10 or more will make an impact. Every donation of any size helps preserve our historic space. Your name will be listed on our website in gratitude for your support.

$25.00 Level

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$50.00 Level

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THANK YOU! Your generous $50 donation is greatly appreciated! Please consider sharing our project with your friends and family - together we can keep history alive! Your name will be listed on our website in gratitude for your support.

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Project Overview

The Historic Gillioz Theatre is an iconic piece of Springfield history. Generations have shared memories in the ornate and intimate surroundings.

When the Gillioz opened in 1926, the local newspaper called it "the greatest day in Springfield history!" Performances were sold out as patrons came from all over the region to experience silent film and vaudeville in an extravagant theater environment. 

When a passionate community rallied to restore the Gillioz in 2006, it was the precursor to revitalizing downtown Springfield. The Gillioz saw visitors from 39 states in 2019 alone, and is a major economic engine for the local economy - bringing vistiors who spend in restaurants and retail shops and stay in nearby hotels.

The global pandemic has forced the Gillioz to pause programming, but our need to preserve the historic structure is more critical than ever. There are signficant structural challenges on this 94-year-old building. Even in the best of times, a historic theater relies on donations to help support operations. These are not the best of times for our industry.

Your donation is critical to ensuring we can continue our mission to preserve our past, to celebrate our community with live gatherings and to create memories for future generations - adding to the generations of memories that are already in these walls.

Your donation is greatly needed, and greatly appreciated.


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About Gillioz Center for Arts and Entertainment

The Gillioz Center for Arts & Entertainment is a 501C-3 committed to preserving, celebrating and creating memories through art and entertainment.

The Center consists of the Historic Gillioz Theatre, a 1,015 seat theater opened in 1926 as a transition house, featuring silent films and live vaudeville performances. The theater evolved into a movie house and ultimately closed in 1980 as downtown Springfield went into decline.

In 2006 the Gillioz reopened and has taken its' place as the most awarded venue in the region, including being named a top 5 venue by the Academy of Country Music, alongside renowned venues like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Austin City Limits in Austin.

Far beyond a live concert venue, the Gillioz has a diverse role in the community. Programming includes film, educational and civic programming and has been home to a regional Emmy award-winning late night television program seen in 17 markets across the country.

In addition to preserving the historic theatre, which was placed on the United States Congressional Registry of Historic Places, the Gillioz has the Gallery, an intimate gathering space located in the center that hosts weddings, receptions, corporate functions and special events.


Gillioz Center for Arts and Entertainment

Springfield, Missouri