Facilities

OTC Fine Arts at the Gillioz

OTC Fine Arts at the Gillioz

The Gillioz Theatre

325 E Park Central East St
Springfield, MO 65806

The historic Gillioz Theatre complex in downtown Springfield is home to the college's Fine Arts programs. Since the fall of 2007, OTC has offered opportunities for its students as the OTC Fine Arts program expanded to the historic Gillioz Theatre complex in downtown Springfield. The theater is used for most OTC theater productions as well as other ceremonies hosted by OTC.  The restoration of the Gillioz Theatre was completed in October 2006, eighty years after the original opening. In its early years, the Gillioz was Springfield's premier entertainment venue, hosting a number of movie premiers and vaudeville shows. Both the lobby and auditorium have been restored to their original 1926 condition. Just inside the front doors, you will find plaster friezes with leaf-and-dart designs, flowers, cherubs, and griffins. The design has Spanish, Moroccan and Italian influences.The theater introduced "talking pictures" in 1928 and Technicolor in 1936. Ronald and Nancy Reagan attended a premier at the Gillioz in 1952, and Elvis was also spotted here (when he was alive) watching a movie between one of his performances at the Shrine Mosque.  Maurice Earnest Gillioz was a well known builder and developer in SW Missouri in the early 20th century. It was he who financed and built the theater, which was named in his honor.