Tolleston Theatre

2300 W. 11th Avenue,
Gary, IN 46404

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 13, 2022 at 12:06 am

The October 6, 1951 issue of Boxoffice had an item saying “[t]he former Tolleston Theatre building at 2323 West 11th Street will be completely remodeled inside and out at a cost of $32,000. The front will be rebuilt and changes made in the interior.” It’s odd that the item says nothing about whether the building would be used as a theater again.

A house called the Tolleston Theatre was in operation prior to 1919, when its reopening was noted in the January 10 issue of Moving Picture World. The Tolleston was mentioned again in the March 3, 1923 issue of the same publication.

Denverpalace on December 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

!n January 1927 architect M.S. Bittner of East Chicago was designing a 55-foot by 125-foot $55,000 theater in Tolleston for A. Rudzinski.

MAW1205 on July 31, 2015 at 2:46 pm

I grew up in Tolleston and lived near the Tolleston Theatre. The address listed is incorrect. The theatre was in the 2300 block of West 11th Avenue.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

The correct spelling of the theater’s name is Tolleston, which is the district of Gary in which it was located.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

The Tolleston Theatre was one of several Gary houses operated by the Nick Bikos Theatre Company. Other houses in the local chain included the Roosevelt, Indiana, and Fifth Avenue Theatres.