Showplace 3

529 Main Street,
Vincennes, IN 47591

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2016 at 2:55 am

Theodore Charles was operating a house called the Moon Theatre at Vincennes at least as early as 1916, when it was mentioned in the September 2 issue of Motion Picture News. CinemaTour lists the Moon Theatre at 505 Main Street. The Showplace 3, at the other end of the block, opened as the New Moon Theatre, and was later renamed the Moon Theatre, rather than the other way around.

The book Vincennes, 1930-1960, by Richard Day, Garry Hall, and William Hopper, says that the New Moon Theatre opened on December 14, 1939 (Google Books preview.) The book also indicates that the original Moon Theatre, which opened as a vaudeville house called the Red Mill in 1908, continued to operate as the Moon Theatre at least into 1941.

Numerous articles from local sources in 2015 and 2016 indicate that plans are afoot to renovate the New Moon Theatre building, though probably not for theatrical use. A new roof has stabilized the building, which had suffered water damage, and mold removal has been undertaken.

Chris1982 on June 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

When kerasotes took over this theatre they devided it into three theatre. Two downstairs and one in the balcony. This is now used for a church with the sanctuary in the balcony and the downstairs is used for performance space and a children’s church.

kencmcintyre on December 7, 2007 at 1:59 pm

It looks like the theater was reopened and renamed as of May 20, 2007:

kencmcintyre on September 7, 2007 at 9:10 pm

In 1963, the New Moon was operated by Alliance Amusements, a Chicago chain. Alliance also ran the Pantheon and Allison Drive-In in Vincennes.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 30, 2005 at 1:33 pm

Listed in Film Daily Yearbook’s 1941 and 1943 as the Moon Theater.

Hooray! In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y it is the New Moon Theater, 529 Main Street, Vincennes, IN