Family Theater

600 N. Main Street,
Lafayette, IN 47901

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Firms: J.F. Alexander & Son

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Family Theater ... Lafayette Indiana

The Family Theater opened in 1907 as a vaudeville theatre. It was a conversion of a former Presbyterian Chapel. It want over to silent movies and later on to talkies.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

From the early 1900s a picture postcard of the Family Theater in Lafayette.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm



OPEN 1906-1935


1920 Luna Amusements?

1930 Fourth Avenue Amusements?

Anyone have more info or photos?

On this site, in 1853 the First Presbyterian Church was built. In 1906 it was remodeled into the Family Theater. This was one of the first theaters in Indiana to show moving pictures. It used a Viatscope Machine. In 1935 the theater was torn down to make way for the Lafayette Theater. The rear of the stage house wall that was built in 1906 was preserved and remains to this date in the Lafayette Theater.

marlab on August 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

I have a postcard featuring the Family Theatre, in La Fayette, IN. It was sent to my great grandfather in March, 1914. Is this by chance worth something? It still has a readable postmark and the penny stamp.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

The Family Theatre was opened in 1907 in a building remodeled from a Presbyterian church. The architects for the project were the local firm of J. F. Alexander & Son. This web page has pictures of dozens of the firm’s works, including one of the Family Theatre. They also drew the plans for the remodeling the old Grand Opera House (later the Dryfus Theatre) in 1901.

Broan on April 6, 2022 at 2:23 pm

An early remodeling by Rapp & Rapp

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