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Thelma Melohn Gymnasium

Overview: The gymnasium is versatile and can accommodate a wide range of events such as wedding receptions, family reunions, birthday parties, bridal/baby showers, athletic practices, stage performances and indoor recreation. The space is approximately 75’ x 40’ or 3,000 square feet. Maximum capacity: 350 people.  
Features: This space features a performance stage, large retractable projection screen, two basketball nets (one retractable), volleyball net hook-up capability, bleachers, scoreboard and two locker-type rooms.  Free Wi-Fi.
Tables & Chairs: Tables and chairs are provided and put away at no additional charge.  Set up service is available for $100 ($50 for parties less than 100 persons). 

Availability: Monday through Friday beginning at noon; Saturday and Sunday all day. (Note: A day care rents the building Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Per DCFS regulations, when the day care is open renters will only have access to the gym.  Restrooms are available in the locker rooms downstairs from the gym.) 

Rental Fee: $25/hour or $250/day.  Reception package: $500 reserves gym from 1pm Friday through 1pm Sunday.  Multiple-use discount: rent four times in blocks of 1 to 2 hour sessons and get the next session of same time length free.  Philo residents receive a 10% discount.  Active U.S. Military personnel receive a 15% discount not to be combined with any other discount.

Sound System

Overview: The gymnasium has an integrated sound system for use by your party, DJ or band. Use is complimentary but requires a damage deposit.   

Features: The system can play CDs and accommodates i-Pods. A wired microphone, wireless microphone, sports microphone and stand are available. 

Rental Fee: $20/day for the wireless microphone.   

Overview: The kitchenette may be used to store food when renting the Thelma Melohn Gymnasium. Use is complimentary with gym rental.

Features: The kitchenette has a sink, refrigerator, microwave oven and pass-through counter. 

Available Equipment
Thirteen 8-ft rectangle tables 

Two 6-ft rectangle tables
20 60-inch round tables 
250 metal folding chairs 

Portable stage steps ($25)
Two power strips 
Two 50-ft extension cords 
Portable 60”x60” screen ($10/day) 





R.E. Franks Meeting Center Entrance

108 West Madison Street, Philo

Office Location:

127 West Washington Street, Philo

(217) 684-2562

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.




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