Art Theatre

5760 W. Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46241

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The Old Trail Theatre became the Art Theatre.

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Opened as the Old Trail Theatre on March 15, 1928 with seating listed at 580. The theatre went through a remodel in 1939 with the architects of Pierce & Wright handling the remodel. The theatre became the Art Theatre in August of 1967 and closed in the 1970’s. The building has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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galoux
galoux on June 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm

If I recall correctly, this, along with the Fox, were Indy’s so-called “art houses” for years, featuring burlesque and then porno movies. I used to read the adverts in the papers when I was a kid and wonder just what the heck “adult movies”, “XXX,” and “live shows” were about. I knew there were naked people involved, but that was about it!

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

The theater was born as the Old Trail Theater, not “Trails.” Here is a small photograph.

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on June 11, 2014 at 4:13 am

I went there in 1977 and it was still showing movies.

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