Sourwine Theater

22 S. Walnut Street,
Brazil, IN 47834

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The Sourwine Opera House was opened in summer of 1907. Later renamed Sourwine Theatre, it was destroyed by fire in early-1947.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 26, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Right next to the Walnut Theatre. Here is a postcard of the Sourwine:
http://tinyurl.com/2buor6

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on January 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Aw dang! At least the Walnut is still standing and in use, and so is the Lark (another nice old theatre).

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ”, pg. 629, the “Sourwine Th.” in Brazil, Indiana, had a two-manual Seeburg-Smith theatre pipe organ installed in 1919. The size of this instrument (# of ranks) is not given in the book (not known at the time of publication). This organ had Kinetic blower serial #G381, which was 2 horsepower and delivered 10" of static wind pressure.

Does anybody know what happened to this organ, and where it, and/or its parts, is/are today? Thanks!

I can no longer see the postcard view of the Sourwine. Does someone else have an additional view to share, or could they re-upload the postcard to another site besides Ancestry? (the site where the postcard was originally posted). Thanks!

From whence deriveth the theatre name “Sourwine”? There must be a great story in there somewhere!!!

RickB
RickB on January 29, 2015 at 4:35 am

Sourwine and Sauerwein appear to be actual surnames, so my first guess would be that the theater was named for its owner.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2015 at 11:19 pm

The December, 1906, issue of The Ohio Architect and Builder reported that John D. Sourwine of Terre Haute would advertise for bids on the new opera house he was building at Brazil. The house was expected to be ready to open by summer of 1907.

Here is an early postcard image of the Sourwine Opera House from Indiana Memory.

The Sourwine Theatre was destroyed by a fire in early 1947. The Cooper Theatre was built on its site.

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