Isis Theatre

111 S. Main Street,
Kokomo, IN 46901

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Previously operated by: Alliance Theater Corp.

Architects: Robert Lincoln Young

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Isis Theatre

The Isis Theatre was opened in 1913 as a movie theatre. It was equipped with a pipe organ. It was closed in the mid-1980’s and was demolished in 1989.

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kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 6:30 pm

Here is a February 1941 ad from the Kokomo Tribune:

bigred on September 9, 2007 at 10:56 pm

The owner are listed as

1920- Kokomo Grand Theatre
1925- Marion Theatres
1930- Fourth Avenue Amusements
1935- Gregory Enterprises
1940-1969- Alliance Theatre Corperation
1975- Hudson Theatres

It is listed as closing in 1982 but I don’t know if that is correct. I’m told it stood closed a few yaers before being torn down.

bigred on June 21, 2008 at 11:12 pm

The Hudson Theatres listed as the last owners I don’t know if it’s the same one that had a few theatres in the southern part of the state. If it is then it was part of the Hudson/Kerasotes mob and as bad the Kerasotes mob is I heard Hudson was worse.

When George Kerasotes left to start his own company he had to take his own brothers to court because when they split up the company they took new equipment out of the theatres George was getting and put it in the older ones they were keeping and putting the old equipment in his theatres. After he won the first lawsuit there were more theatres added that had to be divided and they did the same thing. He had to take them back to court and it took years to settle.

I know that when George Kerasotes died it was said that he wasn’t good enough to get in heaven and to evil for hell and he was in limbo somewhere.

mindcontrol23 on December 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I have many fond childhood memories of this place. It had a balcony which was closed off. The last movie I remember seeing there was Creepshow, which was released in November 1982.

SethG on June 25, 2020 at 8:50 am

This theater was open by at least 1916, but the 1909 map shows a small repair shop on the lot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2020 at 3:04 pm

A May 11, 2006 article in the Kokomo Tribune says that the Isis Theatre was built in 1913. It was exclusively a motion picture house, and one of three Kokomo theaters to have a pipe organ. It was the last downtown theater operating in Kokomo, closing in the 1980s. The building was demolished in 1989 after having been vacant for some time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 15, 2023 at 4:13 pm

The address and theater name are not mentioned, but items in May, 1913 issues of The American Contractor must be about the Isis, given the descriptions. The project was a building 120x132 feet, with a 600-seat picture theater and five storefronts, fitting the historic photos of the Isis, which the Kokomo Tribune article I previously cited says was built in 1913. The architect for the project was R. L. Young (Robert Lincoln Young, according to another Tribune article.) The owner of the building was F. D. Miller, a very active local real estate developer.

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