Castle Theatre

221 S. Main Street,
New Castle, IN 47362

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Castle Theatre

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Opened in 1935, the Castle Theatre was a single screen theater showing first run movies. It was last operated by Kerasotes Theatres, who closed it on January 28, 2010. It had re-opened by July 2010.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 20, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Castle Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2008 at 11:51 am

This is a photo from the mid 1980s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 16, 2009 at 9:25 pm

A 2009 photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Here is a new link for the photo posted on June 13, 2008.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

This is another photo of the Castle Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Here are two 1983 photos:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm

This is a recent photo.

uptownadviser
uptownadviser on February 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Veteran Cinema Operators to Restore the ‘Castle’ in New Castle

New Castle, Ind. â€" The City of New Castle along with Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana announced today that Dave and Wanda Battas, veteran theatre operators from Indianapolis, have leased, will restore and plan to reopen the Castle Theatre in New Cas…tle, Ind. The Battas family owns a concession supply company and has owned and operated several cinemas in Central Indiana.

Area residents were shocked and saddened last month when the theatre was closed with short notice. This left the county seat of Henry County without a cinema for the first time since movies came to the prairie in the early 1900s.

“I believe that every town should have a theatre,” said Dave Battas, who brings decades of theater operation experience to the Castle. “It is a part of our identity. We need to be entertained together in the same way that we see sports and other attractions. Getting together for wholesome entertainment is good stress relief for all ages in these challenging times. There’s nothing like hearing hundreds of people laugh at the same joke.”

Dave and Wanda read about the closing of the Castle Theatre in the Courier-Times, in other area papers and in Internet postings. They decided to pursue leasing and operating the theater after positive discussions with New Castle Mayor Jim Small and Wayne Goodman, Director of the Eastern Regional office of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. While the theatre has only been closed a short time and is relatively good condition, Dave and Wanda have decided to do some maintenance prior to re-opening.

“We plan to be good stewards of this historic theatre,” said Dave Battas. “We look forward to working with area businesses so that we can survive in tandem with the restaurants and shops. We are extremely excited about operating the Castle and being a valuable part of the New Castle and Henry County community.”

Opened in 1935, the historic Castle Theatre is a modest, modern/art deco 650-seat cinema that retains some of its original swirled red and black Vitrolite on its façade. It features historic panoramic aerial views of New Castle in its lobby and a spacious auditorium with a large screen and a small stage. It takes its name not only from the city but also from the earlier Princess Theatre across the street, which it has long since outlived.

“Dave Battas has not only saved a historic theatre, but he has saved a crucial piece of the community,” said Wayne Goodman of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. “A theatre is so very important to sustain a quality of life and to attract and increase in outside investment.

“This historic theatre will play a successful part in downtown revitalization efforts that are proving to reverse decades of decline,” Goodman added. “The community now needs to fully support its community theatre. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Battas, we have been given a second chance. We now know what it feels like to not have a theatre, and we know that it was not a good feeling.”

Local leaders expressed gratitude and excitement regarding the Castle’s planned reopening. “This is really exciting news for the downtown revitalization effort,” said New Castle Mayor Jim Small. “The Castle Theatre will play an important role in re-establishing the Downtown Historic District as the place to go for family entertainment and dining.”

“I am so very thankful to the Battas family for adding to the entertainment and business community of Henry County,” said Mike McIntosh, executive director of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “It takes everyone in Henry County working together to make our community the best place to live and work.”

Even individuals outside the local vicinity expressed interest and excitement about the recent news to preserve the theatre and continue its use.

“The flashing lights and neon on Main Street are the pulse of the city,” said Andy Pierce, a New Castle native and an organizer with the Theatre Historical Society of America, which is headquartered in Elmhurst, Ill. Pierce said the Castle may be part of a statewide tour of 25 historic venues taking place June 22-26, 2010.

“Asking residents if they want their historic theatre opened back up is like asking kids if they want Christmas,” Pierce added. “It is something on which everyone can agree and enjoy for generations to come. It builds friendships and community when we turn off the phones, put down the video games, turn off the TV and go back to the local movie house. Your Castle Theatre is one of the best kept secrets in the state.”

New Castle and Henry County residents should be able to enjoy entertainment at the Castle Theatre on a regular basis again soon. “If all goes as planned, we will re-open on March 26,” said Battas. “Work has already started. I have already secured some first-rate movies that I think will bring quality cinema entertainment back to the area.”

[February 24, 2010]

Related links:

Historic Landmarks Foundation ofIndiana
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IDNR Historic Theatre Initiative
http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/2803.htm

Theatre Historical Society of America
www.historictheatres.org

Image courtesy of Henry County Historical Society
http://www.kiva.net/~hchisoc/museum.htm

soybean
soybean on August 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

According to the Yahoo Website theater movie listings, this theater on 08-15-10 is showing The Last Airbender. So the status of this theater should be changed to open. This theater has had movie listings for several weeks on the Yahoo & MSN websites.

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