Loew's Theater

35 N. Pennsylvania Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Loew's in 1969

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Opened on 14th February 1921 as Loew’s State Theater. It was re-named Loew’s Palace Theater from 3rd March 1928. By 1941 it was known as Loew’s Theater.

Loew’s Theater was closed on 12th April 1970.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 29, 2007 at 9:11 am

The excellent book ‘Indianapolis Theaters From A – Z’ by Gene Gladson (published 1976),names Thomas Lamb as architect with Rambush & Hunter as supervising architects.

Seating was provided for 1,420 in the orchestra, 100 in the twelve boxes, 108 in the loges across the front of the balcony and 920 in the balcony; giving a total seating capacity of 2,548. All chairs were comfortably designed and were uphostered in Spanish leather. The theatre was equipped with a Moller 3Manual theatre organ.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 29, 2007 at 10:26 am

It was probably Loew’s Palace right to the end. Loew’s marquees and vertical signs often had just the circuit name on them, especially on the more modern and compact ones that replaced the originals in the late 1930s and after WWII.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 29, 2007 at 11:10 am

Press advertising in the 1950’s list it as Loew’s

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 29, 2007 at 1:27 pm

In cities where Loew’s had only one theatre, there was no need to mention the full name of the theatre on signage or in advertising. I still think that this one was Loew’s Palace for as long as Loew’s operated it.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 6, 2007 at 11:01 am

To further add to the confusion over the namings and history of this theatre, I found an item in the February 29, 1928 issue of weekly Variety that says that “My Best Girl” (a Mary Pickford starrer) “opens the Palace, which has been taken over by Loew, March 6. ‘Dream Garden’ will be stage presentation the first week. Emil Seidel will lead the giant concert orchestra and the Palace syncopating band. Lester Huff is organist.” And in its next isue, Variety reported “Loew officials arrived in Indianapolis Saturday for opening of Loew’s Palace, redecorated and refurnished. H.W. Foerester is manager, Teddy Joyce m.c. of stage shows, Emil Seidel directing in pit, continuous policy from 11 AM.” The item also mentioned that a fireplace from the mansion of “the late Judge Grant” had been installed in the Palace’s new lounge.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Here is a 1945 photo from Life Magazine:

TLSLOEWS on December 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm

AS in Warrens comment of 6/29/07. We had the LOEWS VENDOME in Nashville, Tennessee. But almost everyone just called it the LOEWS.Also the 1945 picture is nice but I did not see the theatre in it,maybe my eyes are going.

TLSLOEWS on December 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm

On second look ,I do see the theatre on the far right,hard to see though.

jeffreymlake on April 5, 2010 at 8:11 am

I worked as an Usher at the Loews when I was in High School ( mid 60’s). The place was played out then but still had some old glamour left. I saw In the Heat of the Night there about 100 times also You Only Live Twice many times . They still had two union stage hands who did next to nothing and a labryinth of dressing rooms etc from the vaudeville days. There was a full size cut out of Sophia Loren from Heller in Pink Tights in the ushers dressing room that I often wish I wouldve taken home!

DennisBee on August 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

kencmcintyre’s photo depicts the World Premiere engagement of THE STORY OF G.I. JOE in August 1945, just weeks after the end of World War II. Indianapolis’s own Ernie Pyle, the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent, was killed in the final weeks of the war in Europe. His death came between the end of filming and the movie’s release. United Artists honored Pyle by opening the biopic starring Burgess Meredith and introducing Robert Mitchum in Pyle’s hometown. Great photo.

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