Embassy Theatre

125 W. Jefferson Boulevard,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson, Alvin M. Strauss

Functions: Performing Arts, Stage Shows

Styles: Spanish Renaissance

Previous Names: Emboyd Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 260.424.5665

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Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN

The largest of Fort Wayne’s movie palaces, the Emboyd Theatre, opened on May 14, 1928 with Richard Dix in “Easy Come, Easy Go” plus vaudeville on the stage and Wilbur Pickett’s Emboyd Concert Orchestra in the pit. The 4 manual, 16 ranks Grande Page organ was opened by organist Percy Robbins. It had a seating capacity of 2,970. It was renamed the Embassy Theatre in 1952. After twenty more years of struggling, the theatre could no longer operate on movies alone and closed.

In 1972, the Embassy Theatre Foundation purchased the theatre to save it from demolition and conversion into a parking lot. The theatre was finally renovated in the early-1990’s for stage shows and returned to its original shine. It reopened in 1996 as a performing arts center and venue for Broadway shows. The Grande Page organ was restored in the summer of 1997 and console was restored in 2014.

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Patsy on July 13, 2007 at 12:08 pm

The Indiana Hotel is the same address as the Embassy Theatre so they are part of the same complex and worth seeing when in Ft. Wayne IN so I hope to venture that way in the near future.

doug57 on July 30, 2007 at 8:31 am

I’m looking for any information about W Clyde Quimby. If anyone has any please post. Thank you.

Jack Dold
Jack Dold on August 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

A wonderful history of the Embassy has been published and can be ordered online at the Embassy Foundation website: http://www.fwembassytheatre.org/home.htm
This is a comprehensive history of the Embassy. You will not be disappointed!

sculpturesearch on October 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm

My great-grandfather, Paul F. Nachtigall, was the sculptor who created and carved the molds for the bas-relief plasterwork in the Emboyd (Embassy Theatre) and the Paramount Theater in Fort Wayne. I am looking for additional information about him or pictures of the construction…

sculpturesearch on October 7, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Patsy – If you’re still looking for information about the Paramount: I have an old article that says the Fort Wayne News Sentinel published a special section about the Paramount when it opened on October 3, 1930. If they maintain an archive, you may be able to find the article which should have plenty of information about the Paramount. Good luck!

GeorgeStrum on April 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

THS will be visiting here on Friday June 25th 2010.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Great looking marquee,thanks for all the pics.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

From 2012 a photo of the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne.

Jack Dold
Jack Dold on February 2, 2016 at 5:50 am

Historical information from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel archives: http://egen.fortwayne.com/ns/projects/history/haw2.php

dansdriveintheater on September 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm

i have it as 2471 seats please update.

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