Mecca Theater

733 N. College Avenue,
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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The Mecca Theater opened on N. Noble Street (today N. College Avenue) in 1912 with seating for 550. The theater closed in 1952.

It has been demolished and the site is used for parking.

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dplomin1954 on March 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

I tried to google map this address and nothing came up. Is it NOT in INDY, but a nearby town?

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm

This is from Boxoffice in June 1949:

INDIANAPOLIS-Sam Perk has resigned from Ger-Bar Equipment Co. to enter the exhibition field with Oscar Apert. They purchased the Mecca Theatre, on North Noble Street, taking over June 1.

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2009 at 7:07 pm

There are newspaper ads from 1913 that state the Mecca is at Noble Street and Massachusetts Avenue. If you look at the map, those streets are miles apart with no intersection. Seeing as this is almost a hundred years ago, though, there may have been a name change for one of the streets, or something similar to that.

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I was trying to locate the intersection of Noble and Massachusetts, per the ad, but they don’t cross anywhere that I saw.

peachead on January 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm

College Ave used to be Noble Street. So this theater would have been at Massachusetts and Noble. I’ve found a ‘motion picture house’ on an old city map on the east side of Noble (now college) between Walnut and St Clair.

haneysridge on May 7, 2012 at 3:43 am

Corrected view on photo, the Mecca Theatre was halfway on the left side which is looking south on College Avenue just south of Massachusetts Avenue between Walnut and St Clair Streets on the east side of the street. Basically in the 40’s it was Noble Street, then in the 50’s it became College Avenue which ran from Virginia Avenue to the northside of Indianapolis past Broad Ripple. I watched movies in the Mecca when I was 4 years old in 1949. Hope this helps.

haneysridge on May 7, 2012 at 3:47 am

View didn’t correct, so it is looking due north on College Avenue, and on the right side of the street, midway where the trees are, is where the Mecca stood.

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