Crest Theater

65 W. Market Street,
Wabash, IN 46992

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Circa 1957 photo courtesy of the Wabash Memories Facebook page.

Offered ‘Pay As You Please’ for a showing of “The Ten Commandments” in August of 1957.

Contributed by David Zornig

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DavidZornig on November 29, 2015 at 7:15 am

The Crest was located at 65 West Market Street. The original building is still standing, and was converted into The Francis Shoppe, a women’s clothing store that opened there in 1961.

Status should be changed from Demolished to Closed.

Below is a link to the 08/13/57 Daily Banner newspaper story (left hand column), about the “Pay As You Please” format for “The Ten Commandments”. The manager John Phelps at the time said most patrons gave $1-$2, which after film rental costs was donated to the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital.

SethG on June 18, 2020 at 10:28 am

This building was constructed sometime before 1887. On the 1887 map, it is Launder & Harper’s Carriage Factory. In 1910 it is a grocery, but by 1920, the building has been modified into a theater. The map shows an open first floor, with a recessed entry and bowed-out ticket booth in the center. Unfortunately, the 1931, ‘39, and ‘61 maps are not digitized. The address was originally 21, but on the 1920 map, this has changed to 63. The decorative medallions featuring an art deco archer are still along the roofline.

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