Town Theatre

8616 Kennedy Avenue,
Highland, IN 46323

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TOWN Theatre, Highland, Indiana.

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The Town Theatre was opened in 1946 and remained a single screen movie house until its closing in 2008. A small Mom & Pop theater showing foreign and independent films, the Town Theatre was known for its intermissions where they often served free cake and coffee. The decor is Knights of the Round Table/Medieval. The long-term owners had to deal with family illness, which led to its closure.

In 2012 it was taken over by the city for non payment of back taxes. In September 2014, a public meeting was held to debate the future of the theatre with hopes of restoration and reopening the building.

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Beadee
Beadee on July 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I think the Janowski’s would be surprised by how much help we would give if they would just ask. I hope they reopen.

JRS40
JRS40 on July 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Greg1 since you live in the area certainly you know the theater has never had a problem showing R rated films and since XXX rated films would never be allowed in Highland on public display I think that excuse is silly. Perhaps 35 years ago but not now. And I am sure the Janowski’s could sell the theater with contractual specificities in it that would ease any worry they have. Theaters like this are too few and far between and the fact that it could go back to showing art films exclusively would undoubtedly make it a success yet again. They would be stunned at the love the people would throw their way to keep that theater going. For anything else to happen to it would be a tragedy for Northwest Indiana.

behfilm
behfilm on September 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I’m a 30 year old film school graduate and a lover of classic, foreign, and independent cinema. My inspiration for going to film school was Alfred Hitchcock and other films as far back as the silent era. I prefer classic black and white films more than most of the modern stuff that gets churned out these days. There are a few diamonds in the rough but in my opinion most new films are classless trash. I have been described as an old soul, and my dreams of running a movie theater like the Town are genuine and I would never turn it into a X-rated theater. I even considered adding filmmaking lessons using the theater as a classroom for kids and adults during the day then running the theater as it has been at night. I have been working in Management for the past 10 years up until being laid off this last January. With this economy my options are limited and I’m only qualified in 2 fields. Film and Management. Owning/Running a theater like the Town would be a dream come true finally getting to do something I am passionate about.

hoosiergal
hoosiergal on January 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Dear behfilm. Please contact me at: I would like to help.

behfilm
behfilm on March 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm

hoosiergal. I tried contacting you on that email a few times and never heard anything back. you can try me at

jondoh
jondoh on June 23, 2012 at 5:01 am

I and the owner’s son go way back… since middle school. I remember going to their house with another friend on the weekends. They had a popcorn popper in their basement just like the one in the theater. He had it popping every time we went over to hang out. Good ole days. Anyway, they took pride in that place and understand why they wouldnt hand over their legacy to some strangers. Dont blame them.

carboncomposite
carboncomposite on March 15, 2013 at 1:39 am

So what’s the status of this movie theater now, Does anybody know? My wife and I both would like to help get get the theater running like it was before, frugally priced excellent eccentic films with an intermission. Does the town of Highland on it now? Any info would be appreciated! Thanks

macmanmk
macmanmk on August 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

Good news…Town Theatre to re-open…

http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/the-show-will-go-on-at-the-town-theatre/article_69aea7bf-6b5d-592f-a8f6-52e86338de53.html

thelyricmovienight81
thelyricmovienight81 on September 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Has there been any progress?

JRS40
JRS40 on September 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I drive by there every so often. The last time was about two weeks ago. It doesn’t look like anything is going on. The marquee on one side has been stripped to almost nothing thanks to last winter’s brutal weather combined with age. I hope they do get the theater back up and running but I imagine because of the years of inactivity a ton of repairs will need to be done. Plus the fact they will have to convert to digital as well. It will be costly but I think the Town can be a viable theater again.

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