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Indiana Theatre, Terre Haute

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Theater · Concert / Show
The Indiana Theatre is a historic theater in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1997 and is located in the Wabash Avenue-East Historic District. It opened on January 28, 1922. The theatre was built by Terre Haute resident T. W. Barhydt and was designed by John Eberson. Eberson, who later developed the atmospheric theater style of movie palace, first experimented with atmospheric design elements at the theatre. Eberson stated, "Into this Indiana Theatre I have put my very best efforts and endeavors in the art of designing a modern theatre such as I have often pictured as what I would do were I given a free hand." Through this quote Eberson suggests that the Indiana Theatre embodies the raw beginning of his experiment with a "dream" theater that marked the beginning shift to his atmospheric style.
Throughout its history, the theatre has hosted a wide range of events that have included vaudeville, cinema, performing arts and community celebrations of all types. Long time employees remember nostalgic entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Jack Burns, and the Marx Brothers Road Shows at the Indiana Theater. The Indiana Theatre was chosen as the site for the world premiere screening of Disney's McFarland, USA on November 20, 2014.
Through restoration efforts which began in May 2013, the Indiana Theatre's heritage has been preserved and the Indiana has been reborn as a 1,600 seat full service event center which can host a wide range of community gatherings that include live entertainment, performing arts, cinema, wedding events, and fundraisers.
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  • A beautiful historic building. Marble stairs are just amazing. There is just so much old but still fancy things in this building. I got to go upstairs and see more of this place, it is simply...  more »
  • I remember going to this theatre as a kid and still enjoy the historical feel it has. There is not a bad seat in the house.  more »
  • Very nice and vintage looking I really loved it My niece&the class 2019 masters&bachelors scholars had their πŸ™πŸΎBlack Congratulatory Awards CeremonyπŸ™πŸΎ was tooooo lit!!! 5 thumbs up πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½
  • Saw a great Christmas concert here by a group similar to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra , venue was great, unfortunately it wasn't a packed house so this group probably won't come back to Terre Haute. The theater looked wonderful inside they've done a nice job restoring it, definitely worth going to see.

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