Clyde Theatre

1810 Bluffton Road,
Fort Wayne, IN 46809

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Architects: Alvin M. Strauss

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Quimby Village I & II

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 260.747.0989

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Interior of the Clyde Theatre

The Clyde Theatre was a glamorous theatre that opened on April 19, 1951 on the outskirts of Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was very tastefully moderne. The circular lobby defined the semi-circular foyer that led to the 1,790-seat single level auditorium. The concession stand was upholstered in turquoise leather. There were colorful murals throughout. The murals by interior designer Hanns Teichert in the main auditorium were lit with black-light… They fascinated me as a child. This was my favorite theatre.

It was later twinned and renamed Quimby Village I & II after the shopping centre it was located in. It has been in use as a church since closing and has been de-twinned. In 2017 there were plans to convert the building into a concert/entertainment venue and to renamed it Clyde Theatre once again. Renovations began in July 2017 and were completed in April 2018.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 26, 2011 at 5:45 am

Here is the Clyde Theatre with its vertical sign intact. Thumbnails below the photo include a shot of the theater’s auditorium.

koosmal on March 17, 2013 at 7:29 am

I thought this theater was finished, but, according to articles from the Journal-Gazette and News Sentinal, posted on, the city has awarded new owner Even Keel Productions $40,000 for facade improvement. In June 2013, Even Keel owner, Rick Kinney purchased the property for $500, after it had been plagued by unpaid taxes, lawsuits, and unrealized dreams. Keel posted that he is “committed to renovating the Clyde Theater and adjacent commercial spaces to fill the need for multi-functional performing arts facility… The architectural firm of MSKTD is managing the renovations. More information on

koosmal on August 2, 2017 at 1:32 am

Renovations have started on the theater. According to a Journal-Gazette article (July 24), over $5 million has been secured to restore the venue for live performances. Target opening is spring 2018.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm

The Instagram page for the Clyde Theatre has a few photos, including an interesting aerial view and several excellent interior views.

koosmal on May 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Clyde is now open with an impressive lineup of live acts. 260-747-0989

koosmal on May 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

May 2018 photo of front added with restored sign and marquee.

Trolleyguy on May 11, 2018 at 9:23 am


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2021 at 5:42 pm

This article from 2018 features four photos of the renovations then being carried out at the Clyde Theatre, followed by photos of several other Indiana theater renovations.

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