Need Help Finding Information About Razed Theater

posted by Patrick Crowley on July 22, 2005 at 12:43 pm

Bradley D. Cook asks:

I am hoping your organization may be able to help me in my search for photographs of the now razed theatre that used to be located at the Town & Country Shopping Center in Mishawaka, Indiana. Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s it was owned by the Plitt Theatre chain. If you do not have any photograph, do you have any information on who the architect was and when it was built?

Thank you,
Bradley D. Cook
Curator of Photographs
Indiana University Archives

Comments (4)

Patsy on July 22, 2005 at 4:59 pm

Bradley, Do you mean the Tivoli Theatre in Mishawaka? If so, it’s listed under theatres in Indiana. I believe the signature curved window was saved and do recall there being a wall of signatures through the years of famous performers that once graced the Tivoli stage.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2005 at 4:33 am

Rivest’s Ultimate Theatre Guide lists a Town & Country Theatre at 2360 N Hickory Road, Mishawaka Indiana. According to the Excel file you can download [url]]at this page[/url], it opened in 1970 as the Town & Country, was later known as the Town & Country 1&2, then the Town & Country 1,2&3, and finally as the Town & Country 3 until it closed in 1998. The name of the architect is not given, but as it was opened in 1970, chances are the firm is still around.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2005 at 4:35 am

Drat. Screwed up the code. Download the file here:

View link

bcook on July 25, 2005 at 8:39 am

List Members,

Thank you for the help everyone is providing. I greatly appreciate it.

I have contacted Cineplex-Odeon of Toronto, Loews-Cineplex of New York, the Herrick Library at AMPAS, The Museum of the Moving Image, and Kerasotes Theaters. None of these organizations have photographs of the theatre.

I have also contacted the Theatre Historical Society of America but they want to charge $15 just to search their archives.

I, however, just received a phone call from one of your members that has given me contact information for someone that worked at that theater for most of the time it was in existence. He also believes this person might have photographs of the building.

I will let you know what I find

Thanks to all again.
Bradley D. Cook
Indiana University Archives.

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