Sanders Theatre

1106 Prospect Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46203

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Previous Names: Quality Theatre

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1941 Baist map Fountain Square

The Sanders Theatre was built on the site of the Fountain Airdome. It was opened in 1914. It briefly became the Quality Theatre in 1916. The Sanders Theatre was closed April 20, 1952. It was my favorite theatre a few years back. The theatre stands empty now.

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whtesoxfan56 on January 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

To answer lostmemory’s question, yes this is the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis. Too bad there aren’t any interior photos of this theater, that have been uploaded.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm

The photo we are currently displaying depicts the Fountain Square Theatre at 1105 Prospect Street. The Sanders Theatre must have been across the street. On its site (1106-1110 Prospect) there is an old-looking brick commercial building that has “2001 A.D.” carved in its parapet, so the theater might have been demolished, unless the date denotes an extensive renovation of the building.

Polk’s 1919 Indianapolis City Directory lists the Sanders Theatre at 1106-08 Prospect Street. The 1916 directory lists it as the Quality Theater, Fred W. Sanders, Proprietor.

DavidAE on June 7, 2014 at 4:02 am

Joe, on the street view, look at the building across the street with the white bunny on the door and move to the right side of the building and a theater profile appears.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2014 at 8:38 am

David you’re right. I hadn’t noticed the back of that building, which does look like an old stage house. Its modern address is 1116 Prospect, though. If that’s the Sanders Theatre building, the lots on the block must have been renumbered since the old directories were published.

DavidAE on June 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Sorry, only two theaters transfered on the Baist Map, Fountain Square, bottom center and Sanders, center left. The 1116 building shows where the current stage house is for the White Rabbit Cabaret (burlesque) stage is 30' X 20' link . I want to go see the backs of these buildings. Short raod trip.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

The 1941 Baist map shows that the Sanders Theatre has to have been on the site of that building with “2001 A.D.” on its parapet, as the theater was too close to the corner to have been in the building with the White Rabbit Cabaret in it. The 1941 FDY gives the address of the Sanders Theatre as 1106 Prospect. The address 1108 on the map must have been a shop, and 1110 the entrance and stairway to either an upper floor or a basement. It was too narrow to have been anything else. If it was a stairway to an upper floor then the Sanders Theatre has either been demolished or the structure was cut down to a single floor.

lorad on October 4, 2017 at 7:14 pm

I have 2 books of new theatre passes for the Sanders, Granada or Fountain square theatre. Dated 194_. I wish I could post a picture.

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