Town Theatre

8616 Kennedy Avenue,
Highland, IN 46323

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macmanmk
macmanmk on August 25, 2013 at 12:11 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

carboncomposite
carboncomposite on March 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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

jondoh
jondoh on June 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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.

behfilm
behfilm on March 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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

hoosiergal
hoosiergal on January 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

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

behfilm
behfilm on September 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

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.

JRS40
JRS40 on July 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

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.

Beadee
Beadee on July 8, 2010 at 8:52 am

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

xine67
xine67 on March 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm

So their beloved “baby” should sit there and deteriorate?? That’s ridiculous indeed. And self-important. Sheer hubris.

greg1
greg1 on March 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I don’t feel that is so ridiculous. They probably feel that nobody could care about their baby, the Theatre. like they do. They are probably afraid that it will turn into another R or X rated Theatre. The owners are Ted and Vern Janowski and I was introduced to them twenty five years ago by an area physician. I understand that their son is seeking to reopen it and may be overwhelmed by the work involved. I wish he would contact me at with questions. I live locally, love that Theatre as much as he or his parents do and am an experienced businessman.

Thank you.

JRS40
JRS40 on February 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

If that is the position the family has than they don’t really care about the theater. Why would they rather see it torn down than run by a true movie lover? That’s ridiculous.

behfilm
behfilm on February 24, 2010 at 8:22 am

I spoke with the owners son last year hoping they would let me run the place for them or consider selling it to me. They said they would rather see it torn down then run/owned by anyone else. It is sad. I really love the theater and would like to keep it going the same way they have been running it.

xine67
xine67 on August 22, 2009 at 1:23 am

I was just there on Friday, 08/21/09, and there were several handmade signs stating that the theater is closed due to illness but will reopen. No dates are posted, but it seems to me that things may have been this way for a while, and I’m wondering if there’s more to the story. When I walked around back, I saw that there were very tall weeds outside both of the rear emergency exits, indicating disuse. I’m ASSuming the fire department wouldn’t allow those exits to be so overgrown. I am saddened if this is the end of the Town. It’s an odd little theater w/ a charming way of doing business.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

This is a larger version of the 1985 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

A new link for the 1985 photo is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2008 at 4:37 pm

This is an updated link for the photo posted on Mar 20, 2006 which is actually a photo from 1985.

jeffdal
jeffdal on January 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Thanks for posting such cool pictures. It’s great to document the current movie playing as well. I miss the place. What an asset to NW Indiana. Great memories of the Town Theatre!!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 13, 2008 at 9:06 am

Another recent photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2007 at 10:47 am

This is a more recent photo of the Town Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2006 at 6:53 am

Here is a 2006 photo of the Town Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 20, 2006 at 1:30 pm

This is an older photo © 1984 of the Town theater in Highland.

editpro
editpro on September 28, 2005 at 9:21 am

It’s great to know that the Town is still operating much as it did in the ‘70s, when I regularly went there for foreign and art films otherwise unavailable in the area.

jeffdal
jeffdal on February 26, 2004 at 11:43 am

I have so many fond memories of the Town Theatre. What a treasure to Highland and Northwest Indiana! It should be preserved.

We would go to Highland from neighboring Munster, Indiana (probably in the 80’s). Mostly to see foreign and independent films. I also remember our foreign language teachers taking us there to watch films…and also offer extra credit if we saw things at the Town.

The intermission was incredible! Just thinking about it makes me want a Black Forest Cake!

JohnSanchez
JohnSanchez on January 29, 2004 at 1:41 pm

The Town is located in downtown Highland and is still a very popular venue. Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was the only theater in Northwest Indiana to show art and foreign films. In the late 70’s through the mid 90’s the Town became more of a second run house. Now, happily, the Town shows mostly art and independent films. I recently attended a showing of “The Station Agent” and the theater has lost some of its charm but is still a great place to see a movie. The seats are in dire need of being replaced and there is very little leg room. The intermission with cake and coffee is an ongoing tradition no matter what the film’s running time is. They offer a few types of cake, pastries, and cookies – all fresh and delicious. They also have an admission price lower then the multiplexes with very reasonable concession stand prices as well. Best of all there are no commercials before the movie. The lights go down and the movie starts up immediately. There should be more theaters like the Town.