Indiana Theatre

683 Ohio Street,
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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DavidAE on October 15, 2023 at 9:04 pm

The Indiana will become a first run theater in 12-18 months run by KBG an independent operator of the Moon-Lite Drive-In and several other theaters in the area. YouTube Video

DavidAE on December 27, 2013 at 7:26 am

In this MGM Kink Tarz promotion you can see the south wall of the auditorium and stage house at the top of the photo.

DavidAE on December 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

and here we have a Christmas display from the war years.

DavidAE on December 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

a 1930 interior shot for an Al Jolson film

DavidAE on December 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

a 1933 photo – movie was 20,000 Years in Sing Sing

DavidAE on December 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

1941 photo

DavidAE on October 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

FB LINK: See what it looks like today and what is happening.

DavidAE on October 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Thank you John for your update. I just found the Facebook page: Indianatheater. Finally a big historic positive for Terre Haute. Now I have an added reason to come back to visit the Wabash Valley.

JohnGarner on October 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

The theater has been sold to a new owner, Rob Lundstrom. It is now the Indiana Event Center.

It is undergoing a 4 phase restoration and conversion to make it usable for much, much more than just movies. So far, the 1st phase of restoration is complete and the second phase is underway.

All of the damaged plaster has been repaired. The upper half of the seats on the main floor seating area have been removed and the floor has been leveled for table seating, dancing, etc. Moveable bars may be moved into place for serving drinks.

The orchestra pit has been covered and leveled, all except for an area stage right where the orchestra pit has been preserved and a lift has been installed upon which the restored theater organ console will sit.

The theater is useable and available for rent for your event even as the restoration is progressing.

Mr. Lundstrom believes that there is still a LOT of magic in this theater, and he is right! You can fell it when you look at the place.

Soon, it will be restored and many events, live performances, dinners, and ceremonies will occur there. It will soon be the place to be for special movies and live entertainment, not to mention that special event that could be yours.

DavidAE on October 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

According to information presented to CIC-ATOS, this summer, the building has been sold. I was in the theater a couple of years ago as CIC-ATOS was planning to re-instal a theater pipe organ in it. The entry and lobby were beautiful, and the theater was not in bad condition. Needed some TLC. Updated sound system sounded great. New owner is interested in having the organ installed and improving the venue.

soybean on February 20, 2011 at 9:17 am

I hope the Indiana Theater is bought & is restore. The last few times I have driven by the theater, the outside wasn’t in good shape. Which makes me wonder how bad shape is the inside of the building. I hope the Indiana Theater can once again be the great Theater that she was when I went there many times over the years as a child. The Indiana Theater is too great not to be restore & used as an entertainment center.

CSWalczak on February 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

This theater may soon have new owners; they plan to restore the theater and broaden the range of its programming: View link

soybean on January 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I’m not sure the status of being open is correct for this theater. Very few events open to the public take place at this theater any more. Mostly private events, if there is any activity taking place at this theater. This theater is on life support. Untill the City Of Terre Haute or some group takes it over. I’m surprise the wrecking ball hasn’t taken ownership of this theater. Sad, as this was an outstanding theater at one time.

soybean on January 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

The Indiana Theater has been for sale for a long time. Looks like the asking price has been reduce. I have driven by this theater several times when going to see my stock broker. The outside of the theater is not in good shape. I wouldn’t be surprise inside the theater isn’t in good shape either. When I was a child, this was a very busy & successful theater. Unless used for private events, this theater isn’t used much anymore. It take a large amount of money to put this theater back in the shape that is was at one time. There’s two marquees missing that were at one time at this theater. Only one in the middle remains of the 3 orginal marquees.

robowan on November 13, 2010 at 10:33 am

Holy Crap!! It’s for sale!!

View link

robowan on November 13, 2010 at 10:32 am

Here’s some images I’ve not seen here yet: View link

robowan on November 13, 2010 at 10:28 am

It does tend to change (the website), but at least it’s still there. I’ve not been back to Indiana in decades, but I may make a trip to Terre Haute when I visit my mother (now in Bowling Green, KY) early next year. I’ll be sure take as many photos as I can, inside and out.

It’s funny how the ‘Indiana’ sign currently in place doesn’t match the architecture, yet still looks totally cool. I’d guess it to be from the late 1950’s…anyone actually know?

spectrum on November 13, 2010 at 10:14 am

Their website appears glitched but under the top page these two are still functioning:

For events they only list a play with no date on it. But the top link can get you to a nice photo gallery of interior spaces. I hope thye can get things back on track!

soybean on May 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

Tim White, the Indiana Theater website stills works. I saw posted on the site yesterday, there will be a free family film festival starting in June. The Indiana Theater seems to be on life support by barely being open. As there is very little activity taking place at this theater now, unless it’s a private function. I don’t know how the owners of this theater can afford to pay the expenses when the theater has very little activity taking place. Which may explain why the theater doesn’t look grand on the outside like it did at one time.

robowan on May 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

No news, no ‘save the Indiana Theater’ Facebook page, no nuthin'. I’m an ex-Hoosier, so I know the apathy regarding historic buildings in Indiana all-to-well. It’s just far to easy to knock them down and build something new, or worse…a parking lot. I also know this theater would never get the help that the beautifully restored theaters in downtown Los Angeles have received over the past few years. Just throwing this out there, but I’d at least cough up hosting fees for a year to get the website back online. ( ). -Tim Berkeley, CA

robowan on May 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Good question above. The website is gone w/o a trace and the listed phone number is no longer in service. :( I had hoped to visit this place someday with my dear mother.

soybean on May 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Is this theater still open ? On it’s website it only mentions a comedy show that took place on March 27, 2010. Looking at the 2009 picture that Chuck posted above, the marquee needs a paint job & T. L. C. It’s sad this great theater isn’t been taking care of. There were three marquees at one time. What happpen to the other two marquees ?

Patsy on April 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm

An organ is….good news!