Kent Theatre

220 S. State Street,
South Whitley, IN 46787

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Kent Theatre

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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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minickmark
minickmark on January 2, 2006 at 8:01 pm

first run movie theatre. american colonial architecture. architect was Irvin G. Fredricks in Chicago. $3.25 for seniors and students with id. please email and we will be happy to attach photo.

EcRocker
EcRocker on February 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm

You da man Lost. Now if you can only find some pictures of the NY Academy of Music. I have been looking all over the web and there is hardly a thing. And here I thought this was a Kent theatre update in Brooklyn. LOL

EcRocker
EcRocker on February 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm

I went to the official web site and saw the following:

FOR SALE:

The Kent Theatre is for sale!

For more information about this unique opportunity, please contact the owner at (951) 674-1159 or , the theatre at (260) 723-5231 or Bob Koontz at (260) 609-6667. Please, serious inquiries only.

EcRocker
EcRocker on February 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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

EcRocker
EcRocker on February 28, 2009 at 6:17 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.

minickmark
minickmark on May 17, 2009 at 12:43 am

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
MPol on May 17, 2009 at 3:27 am

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

minickmark
minickmark on May 7, 2010 at 9:29 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
lipalarp on May 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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
indyarchs on June 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

This theater was lost due to fire February 2012.

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