1335 119th Street,
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Hoosier Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Indiana-Illinois Theaters
Architects: Edward P. Rupert
Firms: R. Levine & Co.
News About This Theater
- Apr 25, 2005 — Hoosier Theatre Plans Expansion
Opened February 15, 1924, the Hoosier Theatre shared a three-story building with the Illiana Hotel (now apartments) and storefronts. It could seat around 650 and originally featured both vaudeville and movies. It was equipped with a Kimball organ, which was opened by organist John Muri.
In 1963, the 4 Manual 28 Ranks Wurlitzer organ from the massive Uptown Theatre in Chicago was moved into the Hoosier Theatre but it was never installed and eventually shipped to California where it has been restored.
In 1987, the theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Now refurbished, and still a single-screen movie house with a huge, two-story tall screen (one of the only classic movie theatres still in operation in all of Northwestern Indiana), the Hoosier Theatre now seats just over 600, and screens both first-run and classic films, as well as hosting the occasional concert or other live entertainment on its stage. Since October 2017 it has been equipped with an elecronic organ to accompany silent movies.
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