Morris Theatre

1911 W. Morris Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46221

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Opened as the Arcade Theatre in 1922, became the Bell Theatre on Nov. 10, 1948. Was renamed the Morris Theatre on Feb. 28, 1975. For a time between being known as the Bell and then the Morris it was used by the South West Social Club. Seating was listed as 450 in 1941 and 1943 and the theatre is listed as closed in 1950.

Contributed by Chuck

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JohnAlford
JohnAlford on June 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I helped remove all the seats from the theatre in about 1974. The theatre building was torn down to make room for what is now an Indianapolis, Marion County library branch.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Should have saved a FEW,John.

DavidAE
DavidAE on November 4, 2013 at 3:29 am

This theater was open and showing movies into the mid 80’s as I took my oldest daughter there and she did not come into my life until 1984. It was a nice neighborhood theater when we first started going, but there was an owner/ manager change just before it was bought by the Mary Rigg Center, and it went down hill. There was another old theater building in the neighborhood over by Howard and Blaine Streets. It had been gutted and a metel spinning company was using it in the 80’s.

DavidAE
DavidAE on November 4, 2013 at 4:33 am

In a list of theatre pipe organs, prepared by Carlton B. Smith for the CIC-ATOS, there is a Hilltop Theater listed at 1401 Blaine Avenue that had a Louisville pipe organ installed in it in 1927. The metal spinning building that I mentioned above was a “newer” building, due west, facing Howard.

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