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The Wells Theatre building was not demolished. It now has the address 1441 N. Wells Street and is occupied by Koehlinger Kruse Security.
I photographed the building as part of a survey of Wells Street for my web site, and thought it looked like a former theatre. I asked Don Orban, Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Fort Wayne, and he sent me this response:
“Your guess is correctâ€¦the Koehlinger Kruse bldg was indeed the Wells Street Theaterâ€¦see attached photo. Cinema Treasures is incorrect. The old Sanborn maps show the building as having addresses 1433, 35, & 37 (theater entrance in the middle and small storefronts on each side). Not sure how KK got the 1441 address but those seem to be subject to change over the years for a variety of reasons.”
The building stands at the southwest corner of Wells and Fourth Streets. You may see the photo that I took on April 12, 2010 here; it’s the tan brick building on the right:
Former Wells Theatre, Fort Wayne, Indiana