Diana Theatre

137 E. Jefferson Street,
Tipton, IN 46072

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Diana Theatre Reopening 1948

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The Diana Theatre opened in 1926 and has been owned and operated by the Paikos' family its entire life. Jim Paikos' father Nicholas opened the theatre. Nicholas was a Greek immigrant coming to America at the age of 14, but the Diana Theatre was named after a Roman goddess. A naming contest was implemented and a young boy won a $10 gold piece after his suggestion was selected. The Diana Theatre has seen four generations of the Paikos' family operate the theatre.

The Diana Theatre was closed for a few months in 1947 after a major fire. The theatre was rebuilt and opened again on April 26, 1948.

The single screen Diana Theatre is a throwback to gentler and warmer times. Movies are selected with families and Tipton area values in mind. The theatre includes a crying room, thought to be the only one in the state, possibly the nation, for parents of crying children to still watch the movie without bothering their seat mates. Twice a year, Christmas & Easter, the Paikos' family gives back to the community by treating the children and families to a free movie.

In a day of ever rising costs, a movie in Tipton is more than reasonable. $5 for adults and $3 for children 2-11 years old. It’s possible to take a family to the Diana Theatre complete with popcorn & soft drinks for less than $25. This is a secret well known to surrounding area residents who may travel 30 miles for an evening of entertainment and sometimes, a little nostalgia.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Nick Paikos

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

A full page ad for the Diana Theatre in the April 23, 1948, issue of The Tipton Daily Tribune said that the fire the previous year had virtually destroyed the old theater and building, and that the new Diana Theatre was new construction. The project was designed by the architectural and engineering firm of Johnson, McKinney & Schenck.

An article in the Monday, June 24, 1946, issue of The Tipton Daily Tribune said that Wednesday would mark the 20th anniversary of the Diana Theatre. Nick Paikos, the original owner, was still operating the house. The article said that prior to being remodeled and reopened as the Diana the building had housed the Grand Theatre, but that it had been closed for some time.

The Grand Theatre was mentioned in the April 1, 1922, issue of Exhibitors Herald, which said that it had been bought by Clyde Wilson. Previously it had been operated by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jackson.

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