Goshen Theatre

216 S. Main Street,
Goshen, IN 46526

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Goshen Theatre, Goshen, IN

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The Jefferson Theatre opened as a legitimate theater on November 5, 1905. It later turned to movies and was renamed the Goshen Theatre. Today the former movie house is home to a church.

Any additional information on this theater would be appreciated.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2005 at 4:08 pm

This is another photo of the Goshen Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 29, 2006 at 5:29 am

This is a website for the Goshen Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 30, 2006 at 5:33 am

Here is a recent close-up photo of the Goshen Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 8, 2007 at 8:42 am

Another photo of the Goshen Theater can be seen here.

Downtown808 on October 16, 2008 at 9:08 am

Its my understanding that when the Jefferson was rebuilt in 1907 after the fire they did not keep the 2nd balcony or the box seats. Then in 1948 they renovated the marquee making it a v-shape which caused the name change from Jefferson which didn’t fit on the new marquee to Goshen. AND at that time they also renovated the seating. We now hold 717.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 25, 2009 at 10:31 am

Is this building still used as a church, a venue for concerts or both?

CSWalczak on November 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Here is a recent article on the church’s efforts to maintain and restore this theater and expand its use by the community: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2010 at 6:12 am

The July 4, 1908, issue of The Moving Picture World ran this item, datelined Goshen, Ind.: “The New Jefferson Theater has been leased to E. R. Joseph for a moving picture show.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2011 at 3:43 am

A 1905 book titled “A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of Elkhart County, Indiana” (Google Books scan,) edited by Anthony Deahl, describes a new “Goshen Opera House” which was then under construction, but from the description it is clear that it was the Jefferson Theatre.

The Jefferson Theatre was designed by the noted Chicago theater architect J.M. Wood, who in the late 19th century nearly rivaled John McElfatrick in popularity as a theater designer.

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