“It just makes me smile!”

The above is a frequent comment I have heard from residents after they drive through downtown Danville and see the Fischer Theatre Marquee lit up in full glory announcing an upcoming event.

Since its grand reopening on September 21, 2019, the downtown has witnessed thousands of smiles as the Fischer’s Grand Marquee heralded new performances and films that welcomed near and distant friends to join each other and celebrate their connection to each other and a magnificent icon that has stood on North Vermilion since 1884. What a joy it has been to see old friends and co-workers who I’ve not seen for years.

After the Vermilion Heritage Foundation restored the marquee and began holding limited events, Julius W. Hegeler II smiled too, as this is what prompted him to donate funds for its restoration. His contribution resulted in Danville having a Performing Arts Theatre and Event Space that was not only versatile, but graced an audience with magnificent classic architecture that was lovingly restored, while paying homage to past generations of craftsmen.

The smiles that appear when residents see the marquee, get wider when they are embraced by the beauty that waits for them inside. One visitor said, “It’s more beautiful now than I ever saw it in the past.”

The Vermilion Heritage Foundation Board and Fischer Theatre staff are looking forward to seeing your smiling face again! Work is continuing, while closed, to secure future performances and reschedule those that had to be cancelled. In the meantime, our fixed costs need to be paid and creative ways of fundraising are being initiated.

Please consider donating and becoming a Friend Of The Fischer so that its lights continue to shine and help our community keep smiling in these troublesome times.


Christopher Dunn

Board President

Vermilion Heritage Foundation


We are beginning to operate in a limited capacity in adherence to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, that we are only offering online advance ticket sales, and that patrons attending will need to wear a mask when not seated. Please understand that what we do and how we do it may be subject to change as we navigate this path, learning and evolving as we go. Thank you!

The Fischer Theatre opened its doors for the very first time on November 5, 1884. The Grand Opening feature was the Emma Abbott Grand English Opera Company presenting “King for a Day.”

It was the first opera company formed by a woman in the United States.


3D Virtual Tour courtesy of Mary Surprenant




(217) 213-6162


158 North Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832




P.O. BOX 926

Danville, IL 61834

Jason Rome

Executive Director

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Ashton Greer

Operations Director

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