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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LuisV
LuisV on June 28, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Wow! How did a theater this large, in a city as large as Indianapolis run by a chain as large as Loew’s manage to not be listed in Cinema Treasures until now? Next we’ll find out it was designed by Lamb or Rapp & Rapp! :–)

LuisV
LuisV on June 29, 2007 at 11:23 am

Well what d'ya know! It’s a Lamb theater to boot! :–) It makes me wonder how many other large unidentified theaters are out there.

LuisV
LuisV on June 29, 2007 at 11:53 am

Hey Warren, I was totally joking about the theater being credited to Lamb. However, I find the fact that he might have even a small connection to this theater amusing considering that I said it in jest. Thanks for the research.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 29, 2007 at 12:11 pm

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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 29, 2007 at 2:10 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Here is a 1945 photo from Life Magazine:
http://tinyurl.com/5vb2e8

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 7, 2009 at 7:04 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
TLSLOEWS on December 7, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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

jeffreymlake
jeffreymlake on April 5, 2010 at 11:11 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
DennisBee on August 28, 2011 at 7:02 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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