Embrace Your Inner Elf!

You can make reservations online, over the phone at

309-786-7733 ext. 2
or in person at the theatre,

1828 Third Ave., Rock Island,IL

"Even the biggest Cotton-headed Ninny-Muggins will leave the theatre with a warm, festive glow!"

--Entertainment Weekly

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf on his quest to find his true identity. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

Now through Dec. 29


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Kitchen Help: 2-3 part-time people for buffet runners and prep helpers. Must be available evenings and weekends. 


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The Speakeasy offers a variety of entertainment options such as adult comedy and improv shows, drag queens, big band concerts, burlesque, and so much more!


Featured Event

Improv comedy and drinking crash together into one hilarious evening! From made up alcohol shots to toasts with the audience, this is one drinking party you can’t miss! 

Must be 21 or older to attend.


Nov. 23

Doors 7 pm

Show 8 pm

Tickets $10 in advance

$12 day of show

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309-786-7733       1828 3rd Avenue Rock Island, IL 61201