Black Curtain Dinner Theater

2143 N. Talbott Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Black Curtain Dinner Theater

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Opened as the Talbott Theater in 1927 with seating listed at 1,042. It was equipped with a 2 manual 5 rank Louisville organ. Renamed the Coronet Theater in 1956 and then renamed the Encore Theater in 1962.

Closed as a movie theater in 1967, it became the Black Curtain Dinner Theater which lasted until the late-1970’s. It has been in use under various names as a bar and nightclub.

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GooGoo
GooGoo on September 2, 2007 at 7:53 am

Where did the photo and comments go?

geo0926
geo0926 on September 11, 2010 at 4:44 am

The Black Curtain Dinner Theatre did not close in 1970 — it was alive and well until approximately 1980, as I performed in a number of productions there from 1977 through 1979. It was a wonderful, very special place!

spectrum
spectrum on November 13, 2010 at 9:21 am

From, the Google Street View, the building is still there, the exterior looks nicely renovated and it is being used for something but I can’t tell what. From the decor, it may be offices.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on November 13, 2010 at 11:04 am

From their own website:

The Talbott Street Theatre opened as a movie house in 1920. However, the building and four blocks of Talbott Street would become far better known in other ways during the decades to come. During the mid-1950’s the art festival that would become one of the city’s oldest, the Talbott Street Art Fair, was established. It began modestly in an alley as a way for students at the nearby John Herron School of Art to sell their creations During the 1960’s, the Talbott area became associated with peace activists and bohemians, as well as artists.

By then, the movie house had become the Black Curtain Dinner Theatre. Along with the adjacent Hummingbird Café, the dinner theatre was popular through much of the 1970’s. Today the Talbott Street building is an alternative entertainment venue that opened in the former theatre at 2145 N. Talbott Street in 2002. However, the area has been known as a welcoming one for the gay community since the early 1980’s. The current nightclub, which has a Studio 54 style of dance floor, replaced the other gay clubs at the same site.

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