Mister Smith's Theater

39 N. Illinois Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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rivest266 on October 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

August 31st, 1919 grand opening ad in photo section. A map is provided.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Yes, this could be one of those tales that gets told.Needs a check.

TLSLOEWS on December 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

Thanks Joe,this theatre cought my eye by its name which is the same as mine.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2010 at 4:56 am

Mister Smith’s Theatre (the way the name was presented in the ads for the house) was operated by S. Barrett McCormick, manager of the Circle Theatre, which was then the leading movie palace in Indianapolis. The November 8, 1919, issue of Motion Picture News ran an article about Mister Smith’s, accompanied by four examples of the theater’s advertising.

The article doesn’t mention the story about the origin of the theater’s name that appears in the description above. I wonder if that could be a local urban legend? Or perhaps somebody opened a restaurant called Mister Smith’s in the space after the theater closed, and the tale has gotten reversed over the years? This is one of those times I wish more old city directories were available on the Internet. They could answer such questions quickly enough.