Sourwine Theater

22 S. Walnut Street,
Brazil, IN 47834

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This theater burned to the ground years ago.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on March 26, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Right next to the Walnut Theatre. Here is a postcard of the Sourwine:

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 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.

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