Wabash Theater

727 Ohio Street,
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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Wabash Theater

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Designed by John Eberson, the Hippodrome Theater opened in 1915. This theater started out as a vaudeville theater, switched to motion pictures. In 1948 it was remodeled and reopened as the Wabash Theater. It later became a community theater and finally returned to motion pictures. Around 1956 the Wabash Theater closed.

A year later it was acquired by the Scottish Rite. It is used as their cathedral and museum. Tours of the building are given by appointment.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 31, 2006 at 12:14 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1983

Hippodrome Theatre (added 1983 – Building – #83000110)
Also known as Wabash Theatre
727 Ohio St., Terre Haute
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Eberson,John
Architectural Style: Colonial
Area of Significance: Performing Arts, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Social
Current Sub-function: Clubhouse

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2007 at 12:04 pm

A Barton theater organ was installed in the Hippodrome Theater in 1926.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2008 at 10:43 am

This is an updated link for the photo posted on Oct 14, 2005.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 21, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Here is an August 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 16, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Some interior photos can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm

This was the Wabash in 1999.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm

The Hippodrome was remodeled and renamed the Wabash in 1948, according to an item in Boxoffice, October 2 that year, which said the house had recently opened. Currently, the theater’s official web site gives 1949 as the year the Wabash opened.

The July 24, 1948, issue of Boxoffice had said that the remodeling was to cost about $250,000. The renovated house was to be operated as a first-run theater by Fourth Avenue Amusement Company, a Louisville-based circuit then operating several theaters in Kentucky and Indiana. The item also said that the Hippodrome had been dark for years.

A June 4, 1940, Boxoffice item mentions a Wabash Theatre in Terre Haute, operated by J.B. Stine. As later Boxoffice items mentioned the Hippodrome being renamed the Wabash in 1948, either this must have been a different theater, or Boxoffice made an error. Stine is most often mentioned in Boxoffice as the operator of the Garfield Theatre in Terre Haute.

DavidAE on October 19, 2013 at 6:09 am

Link to a photo and history site: http://terrehautehousenet.homestead.com/hippodrome.html

DavidAE on December 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

The stage in 1935 http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0129&CISOPTR=174&CISOBOX=1&REC=8

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