Times Cinema

618 Main Street,
Rochester, IN 46975

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The Char-Bell opened in 1924, on Main Street in Rochester. The name comes from its first owners, Charles and Belle Krieghbaum. The 780-seat theater was constructed in an existing building that formerly housed an auto dealership. Originally, in addition to silent films, the theater hosted ocassional live events. The Char-Bell was renamed the Times in 1942 after it came under new ownership.

The theater closed in 1973, but reopened a year later under new owners. In 1979, the Times was twinned. In 1985, a fire caused damage to the theater. However, the Times was repaired and remodeled and once again reopened, and has remained open since, still showing movies.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2008 at 7:02 pm

The theater can be seen on the left in this October 1959 photo from Life Magazine:
http://tinyurl.com/6rzj6b

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