Zaring's Egyptian Theatre

2741 Central Avenue,
Indianapolis, IN 46205

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Zaring's Egyptian Theatre

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This Egyptian-style theater opened on November 2, 1925, located on Central Avenue at 28th Street. It was variously known as Zaring’s Egyptian, the Zaring Theatre, and the Egyptian Theatre. In 1945, according to the Film Daily Yearbook of that year, it was still in operation and seated 1,082. The theater’s organ is now at the Garfield Park United Church of Christ in Indianapolis. The Egyptian was demolished in 1969.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 24, 2006 at 2:17 pm

Here is a photo from the late 20s or early 30s:
http://tinyurl.com/lhpcw

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

That picture is of the Walker Theater in Indianapolis.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 6, 2011 at 3:37 am

I came across this pdf file of a paper with some history of the Zaring family, which includes a section on Amzi C. Zaring, owner of the Egyptian. It begins on page 34, and says that he entered the movie exhibition business when he bought the North Star Theatre in 1910. The North Star was located at 25th and Central, so it was right down the street from Zaring’s Egyptian.

Amzi Zaring operated the Egyptian Theater until 1956, when he sold it to David and Kelly Levitt. By 1966, the house had become the only burlesque theater in Indiana.

The paper mentions several other theaters that Amzi Zaring operated over the years. They include the Delight, at 24th Street and College Avenue; the Garrick, at 30th Street and Illinois Avenue; the Columbia, on Senate Avenue; the Imperial, on McCarty Street east of West Street; and the Belmont, on Belmont Avenue and West Washington Street. Zaring also operated the Sipe Theatre at Kokomo, Indiana, for a time. The paper gives no dates for these operations, but I get the impression they were all open in the years before Zaring built the Egyptian.

If the North Star is listed at Cinema Treasures under some later name, it’s missing the aka. Maybe somebody familiar with Indianapolis theaters will know if it’s listed yet. It’s also possible that Zaring closed the North Star when he built the Egyptian. The paper doesn’t say.

erich1
erich1 on February 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I found this today looking around on the web. An interior shot. http://collections.mocp.org/detail.php?t=objects&type=browse&f=maker&s=Allen%2C+Harold&record=1

DavidAE
DavidAE on August 16, 2013 at 7:58 am

Historic Indianapolis article link http://historicindianapolis.com/indianapolis-then-and-now-zarings-egyptian-theatre-2741-central-avenue/

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