Esquire Cinema

8335 E. Pendleton Pike,
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas, Kerasotes Theatres

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinema

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Esquire Cinema - July 1980

One of the standard single screen Jerry Lewis Cinemas in Lawrence, Indiana, outside of Indianapolis it opened August 12, 1971. In 1973, when Jerry Lewis left the cinema group, the franchise owners established thier own circuit, United Cinemas.

The theaters were eventually sold to the Kerasotes circuit which eventually sold them off to an independent operated Heaston Theatres, which operated them as dollar cinemas.

The Esquire Cinema, located in the Esquire shopping center is closed and had been turned into a copy shop.

Contributed by Jerry Young

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

midwestmrs on October 16, 2005 at 4:36 pm

Yes, I will always remember seeing HALLOWEEN there

RonnieLClarkJnr on March 15, 2006 at 1:46 pm

i worked at the esquire with jack kranig, rick dearduff, and marty carr(who also ran the Eastwood). I was there with Kim, Andy, and Denise. My name is Ronnie Clark, and i’m looking for any pictures of the Esquire and the Eastwood theatre. -Ronnie L Clark Jr. ()

moviemad on January 23, 2008 at 8:19 pm

I managed this theatre 1973-74 with United Cinema. During my tenure the theatre successful made the switch to First Run movies. I gave long time Indy theatre manager Mike Dearduff (Rick’s brother)his first theatre job.

bobcat on August 18, 2009 at 7:16 am

What Great Memories..I Grew up at the Esquire,my older brother mike was the manager for a long time,then my brother Rick. Esquire was my first job i worked with Denise Rapp,Rodney Luke Tony Ross,Lisa Betts,Chris LeMasters,Jack Kranig, Also Marty Carr -Bob Dearduff

Chris LeMasters
Chris LeMasters on April 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Picture from 1980 can be found at:
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bd57chevy on March 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

@bobcat – Do you remember Brad Denney? Worked with your brother Rick, when both Marty Carr and Jack Kranig were the managers. I was the assistant manager for most of my years there. Started at Esquire in 1979 and was there until 1983. Long run. I remember your mom, Theresa, your little sister, Mike, Ron, and even your dad from time to time. I cannot list all of the people who worked at the cinema while I was there, but some of them were David Brinkman, Jeff Richards, Bobby Rickles, Nikki Gentry, and many others. It was a great time for sure. Didn’t know that even Bobby joined the ranks of popcorn poppin, pink lemonade pourin, candy bar damagin' cinema staff.

Regarding Esquire Cinema history, I still have my badges and the original Hokey (push sweeper) from that day. Amazing.

bd57chevy on March 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

@Chris – I knew you and your sister as well. Also, I’m pretty sure that’s Rick’s Pinto in the pick. Cool.

bobcat on March 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

Yes i remember you Brad you were ricks best friend.i forgot all about that pinto he had…lol if you are on face book look me up Bob Dearduff

MovieMad52 on August 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I regret to this day that I left the Esquire in 1974 for a job in Cincinnati that was definitely the wrong move. As manager, I enjoyed running this theatre. Met my wife there.

rivest266 on October 31, 2015 at 11:25 am

August 12th, 1971 grand opening ad in photo section as Jerry Lewis Cinema.

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