Sipe Theatre

127 E. Sycamore Street,
Kokomo, IN 46901

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The Sipe Theater Aprox 1948

Opened in 1900, the Sipe Theatre stood on Sycamore Street at Union Street. It was renovated in late-1920 and renamed Strand Theatre before reverting to its original name by 1941, when it was operated by Alliance Theater Corp. The Sipe Theatre was destroyed by a fire in 1967.

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kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Here is a February 1941 ad from the Kokomo Tribune:

RubyTrio on June 11, 2009 at 2:05 pm

My great aunts were in vaudeville and played the Sipe in February, 1918. I am sorry that it is gone.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on March 12, 2010 at 4:33 am

From Strand Newsletter 3/12/10

“The Strand Theatre Pipe Organ, endowed by the Shelby County Historical Society, has taken another step closer to rebuilding. The Strand’s organ was manufactured by the Louisville Pipe Organ Company (LPO) in 1928. It was one of a handful of instruments the firm made specifically for theatre use.

Our organ (Strand Theatre, Shelbyville, IN), Opus 531, was built in Terre Haute Indiana after LPO moved from Louisville. It was originally built for the Sipe Theatre in Kokomo, Indiana. The theatre never took the instrument, so it was installed in the Uptown Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky."

Bill Robinson
Bill Robinson on January 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

RubiTrio, or anyone: Did anyone know anything about George’s son, Earl Daniel, who married my GGGrandmother, Jean Burget; or George’s Dog & Pony Shows? Thanks in advance, Bill

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

BoxRec’s bout list for boxer Mike Moran has him fighting at the Sipe Theatre in Kokomo on June 14, 1920, and at the Strand Theatre in Kokomo on September 2, 1921, so the name change took place between those dates.

The August 28, 1920, issue of Indiana Construction Reporter has a notice saying that contracts had been let for alterations and an addition to a theater in Kokomo owned by Ben Barton, Sipe Theatre Company. I’ve found quite a few references to Barton in connection with the Sipe Theatre around this time. The remodeling project, which was designed by Indianapolis architects Bass, Knowlton & Graham, must have been for this house. The renaming probably took place at the time of this remodeling.

Frank Cullen’s Vaudeville, Old & New lists this house both as Sipe’s Theatre and as B. F. Keith’s Strand Theatre during the period it was part of the Keith-Albee circuit.

rivest266 on January 25, 2015 at 12:07 pm

July 19th, 1924 reopening ad as Sipe in photo section.

pnelson on August 18, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Huge and massive marquee on this one. Lighting great too. Nice exterior.

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