H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts

122 W. Main Street,
Greenfield, IN 46140

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H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts

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Opened as the 650-seat Weil Theater in November 1, 1946 it was later renovated as the Village Theater and divided into two movie theaters.

The building was donated to the city by Allen & Linda Strahl in December 2002. Plans were made by the county visitors bureau, Hancock County Arts and Cultural Council and Greenfield Parks Department to return the Weil Theater to its Art Deco style glory, but instead of a movie theater, it will be an arts center for plays, concerts and poetry readings.

It re-opened as the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts on 19th September 2006.

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TimmyP1955
TimmyP1955 on July 1, 2007 at 4:28 am

The caption of the photo on http://www.pbase.com/pathfindar/image/68942072 reads “Village East Theater (closed) Greenfield, Indiana”. The photo is of the building post restoration (note that the Marquee says 60th Birthday Nov 1, which was Nov 1 2006, as the building was actually built in 1946, opening on November 1, 1946). The facility is now known as The H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts. See http://www.hcvb.org/About/ricks-centre

rickscentre
rickscentre on May 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

The new website for the facility is www.rickscentre.com

Thanks.

TimmyP1955
TimmyP1955 on February 11, 2011 at 1:58 am

The correct seating capacity is 386.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 15, 2014 at 11:18 pm

A brief history of Greenfield’s theaters can be found on this web page. When the Weil Theatre opened on November 1, 1946, Greenfield had two other theaters in operation: the State, which closed in 1948, and the Riley, which closed in 1953.

Allen and Linda Strahl, now operators of Greenfield’s nine-screen Legacy Cinema, should be credited with donating this theater for public use.

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