Grand Theatre

302-304 S. Anderson Street,
Elwood, IN 46036

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Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson, George H. Johnston

Previous Names: Kramer Grand Theatre

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Gustave Kramer’s Grand Theatre was built in 1902 as a replacement for the multipurpose 11 year old Opera House in Elwood. Designed by architect George H. Johnston who was assisted by up & coming architect John Eberson. The 1,100 seat theatre wowed audiences at opening on October 30, 1902. In the 1910’s, photoplays were worked into the schedule along with live events.

The Grand Theatre’s last film was “The Red Lantern” on September 25, 1919 as hours after closing the the Grand Theatre burned down and its remnants razed. As a tip of the hat, the former Superba Theatre and - then current - Colonial Theatre was quickly renamed the Baby Grand Theatre in 1918.

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SethG on July 11, 2020 at 6:10 pm

Address is wrong. Correct address was 302-306 S Anderson. There’s currently an abandoned gas station on the lot.

The building was a very large 3 story brick building with a peaked roof. Storefronts flanked the entry. The balcony was quite deep, with a concave front. The 1916 Sanborn still shows the name as the Kramer Grand Opera House.

The 1905 Cahn guide lists the Grand as a ‘New Theatre’, and gives the manager as J.A. Kramer. Charles Kramer (perhaps no relation) is the stage carpenter.

Broan on August 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm

One of the earliest John Eberson theaters with Johnson (or Johnston?) Realty.

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