Esquire Theatre

2961 N. Illinois Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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Esquire Theatre

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Contributed by mikemovies

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kencmcintyre on August 24, 2006 at 2:31 pm

There’s no address on the caption, but I believe this circa 1960 photo is of the Esquire Theater and not the Esquire Cinema:

kencmcintyre on September 12, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Joseph Cantor operated the Esquire Theater in 1963 as part of his Cantor Theaters chain. The other Cantor venues at the time, both in Indianapolis, were the Lafayette Road Outdoor Theater and the Shadeland Outdoor Theater.

kencmcintyre on April 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Here is an item dated 12/20/56 from the Anderson Herald:

INDIANAPOLIS (UP) â€" The Esquire Theater Wednesday announced it will not show the controversial movie “Baby Doll”, the picture recently denounced by Francis Cardinal Spellman as “immoral.” The management of the theater said it has cancelled the movie, scheduled to open next Wednesday. No other bookings have been made here.

A spokesman for the theater said the cancellation resulted from a difference of opinion with Warner Bros., distributors of the film. He said the controversy was over “conditions under which the picture would play”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 11:12 pm

The Esquire was apparently an art house in its last years. A September 25, 1972, Boxoffice item about the Rivoli Theatre and manager Thomas Ferree’s intention to experiment with running foreign films quoted him saying “When the Esquire Theatre died in 1969 those films died with it.”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

From BOXOFFICE MAY 1986 The 350 seat ESQUIRE THEATRE is no more.The theatre has been dismantled.The theatre opened in April 1972 as a JERRY LEWIS CINEMA.The name was changed to ESQUIRE by Heaston Productions in May 1973.

TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Are you sure about that Mike ,the photo posted above sure looks a lot older than a 70’s theatre.

Mark_L on July 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm


I think your post above should go here:


TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

Thanks Mark L, I knew something was not right.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm

The Garrick Theatre, 30th and Illinois Streets, was on a list of Indianapolis theater in the November 25, 1916, issue of The Indianapolis News.

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