Kent Theatre

220 S. State Street,
South Whitley, IN 46787

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The Kent Theatre was built around 1936. It is listed in the 1941 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 200.

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EcRocker on February 27, 2009 at 8:07 pm

It’s a shame that even a 225 seat theatre is having hard times making it.

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Lost Memory on February 27, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I don’t know if there are other theaters located in South Whitley. This is the only one listed here for South Whitley. This theater was sold in 2005 and is on the market again. Lack of customers or just lack of interest by the local residents?

EcRocker on February 28, 2009 at 3:17 am

Could be that there is a multiplex not to far from it and they are having a hard time making it with only showing one current run a week. It says on the web site they are trying to get a synching platter system so that they can run more then one move a week. I guess they can have 2 movies and alternate the show times. I would love to see a little place like this.

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Lost Memory on March 1, 2009 at 4:26 am

ECR….I haven’t found any other movie theaters for South Whitley. This might be the only game in town. If true, that would make it even more puzzling to me that this theater is being sold again. Maybe they have problems booking movies.

minickmark on May 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

This theatre gas indeed sold in April, 2009. Sold quickly in fact. No problem with booking movies, no lack of interest or customers. Owner had to relocate primary business and residence. Distance became a challenge which could not be resolved. Great little theatre.

MPol on May 17, 2009 at 12:27 am

That’s really too bad, pentagroup. It’s heartbreaking to hear of yet another cherished theatre closing down.

minickmark on May 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

The previous owner was raised originally in South Whitley and after college found himself in CA. He visited his hometown, saw that the theatre was for sale in ‘05, and bought it on a whim, hoping that he could relocate. However, due to the economy he was not able to. He put the theatre up for sale and it sold briskly. The theatre is still open and operating as a movie theatre on most days, and a church on sunday mornings. The new owners are D. Mark and Michelle Pratt. Still the best deal on movies around that area.

lipalarp on May 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

Don and Vi LeBrun, the original owners, were the most wonderful people you could meet.Don usually hand painted his own posters to save money!

indyarchs on June 25, 2013 at 5:48 am

This theater was lost due to fire February 2012.

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