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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 21, 2006 at 4:13 pm

The Char-Bell theater opened Thursday, February 21, 1924. The opening night film was “The Bad Man,” featuring Holbroke Blinn and a two-reel comedy, “Flying Finances”. On Friday and Saturday two acts of Keith’s vaudeville were featured. The first “talking” movie to play at the Char-Bell theater was on November 4, 1929. The movie was, “Salute” starring George O'Brien.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 8, 2007 at 11:11 pm

Here is a photo of the Times Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 5, 2007 at 9:34 pm

This is another photo of the Times Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 14, 2008 at 1:33 am

A circa 1981 photo of the Times can be seen here.

kencmcintyre on December 6, 2008 at 6:02 am

The theater can be seen on the left in this October 1959 photo from Life Magazine:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 3:16 am

Here is a new link for the circa 1981 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm

This is a 2009 close-up photo.

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