Grand Theater

90 A Street NE,
Linton, IN 47441

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Previously operated by: Settos Theaters

Previous Names: Grand Opera House, Linton Opera House

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The Grand Opera House was built in 1905. By 1914 it was screening movies. Around 1930 the Grand Opera House was converted into a full-time motion picture theater and the name was changed to the Grand Theater in October 1939. The Grand Theater remained in operation to around 1957.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

In 1956 it was a SETTOS THEATRE owned by George Settos.He had screens in Indiana,Ohio and Kentucky.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2014 at 11:50 pm

The Indiana Historical Society provides this early photo of Linton’s Grand Opera House. The theater was on the ground floor, the second floor was occupied by the Moose lodge, and the third floor had a ballroom.

robboehm on May 11, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Uploaded images of two ads for the Grand in early 1938 from the Linton Daily Citizen. Interestingly, the Grand does not appear in the Citizen in 1939 but the Cine which opened in the fall of 1938 does. It is also not listed in the 1939 Village Directory.

On the surface it would seem that the Grand closed when the Cine opened but there is strong evidence to the contrary.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 13, 2022 at 12:36 am

Boxoffice of January 6, 1940 said: “Linton— Settos’ new Grand opened for the holidays.” An October 13, 1939 item in Film Daily had noted that George Settos' Grand Theatre in Linton was one of twenty houses that had recently ordered RCA sound equipment. Settos' renovation and reopening of the Grand must have been successful, as later in 1940 he took over the Sher-Ritz and Cine theaters from the Scherer brothers.

One Boxoffice item (I’ve lost track of the date from later in 1940 said that Settos intended to change the name of the Sher-Ritz to simply the Ritz, but that never happened. The FDY was still listing the house (though styled as Sheritz) as late as 1947, but as closed. It was no longer listed in 1949, but the Grand still was, along with the Cine.

The Grand Opera House was showing movies by 1914, and was one of five theaters listed at Linton in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory.

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