Evansville Civic Theatre

717 N. Fulton Avenue,
Evansville, IN 47710

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Previously operated by: Premier Theaters

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Columbia Theatre, New Columbia Theatre, Cinema West, Cine West

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Evansville Civic Theatre

Located on N. Fulton Avenue, the Columbia Theatre opened in 1910. It originally was home to vaudeville and movies and later went on to movies only. It was remodeled in a Streamline Moderne style in 1939, reopening as the New Columbia Theatre.

It went through a couple more name changes over its life span, Cinema West, Cine West before becoming the home to Evansvile Civic Theatre in 1974.

In 1994 the exterior was restored to its 1934 appearance and in August 1996 new seating and complete refurbishing of the interior was completed. Originally seating over 500 with the new seating it now seats 222. It is the home of live performances.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

moviejs on June 13, 2007 at 12:20 pm

OK, so that didn’t work: go to photobucket.com and search COLUMBIA and THEATRE – that should bring up several pix of the Columbia (now Civic). I’ll be adding more pix soon from other eras when the theatre looked somewhat different.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

This web page from the Willard Library has photos of the Columbia Theatre before and after the 1939 Streamline Modern remodeling job, as well as photos of many other Evansville theaters. The thumbnails are in alphabetical order, so the Columbia photos are near the top of the page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Many additional photos of the Columbia Theatre can be found on this page at Historic Evansville.

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