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Voge Theatre

811 W. Chicago Avenue,
East Chicago, IN 46312

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The Voge Theatre was opened March 18, 1936 with Claudette Colbert in “The Bride Comes Home”. It was still open in the late-1950’s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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SpookyKabuki
SpookyKabuki on August 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

In the website for the Hoosier Theatre (Whiting), it mentions that the owner’s family used to own the Vogue Theatre, so I’m sure if he is contacted some info and possibly pictures will turn up.
www.hoosiertheatre.com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

It’s possible that this item from the July 5, 1930, issue of Exhibitors Herald World is about the Vogue Theater:

“EAST CHICAGO.— E. A. Varger & Company has plans by L. H. Warriner, 723 Washington street, Gary, Ind., for a two-story brick theatre to be located at Chicago and Forsythe streets. Cost estimated, $100,000.”
Forsythe Street was the former name of Indianapolis Boulevard.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 23, 2017 at 3:58 pm

This opened on March 18th, 1936. Grand opening ad in the photo section and below

Found on Newspapers.com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2018 at 1:03 pm

The January 17, 1936, issue of The Hammond Times said that the Hartley Theatre Company would remodel and reopen “…the long closed Lyric theater in East Chicago….” with a new name, no more than four letters long, to be chosen in a public contest. I guess that accounts for the non-standard spelling “Voge” that the house ended up with.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm

The Lyric Theatre is first listed in the FDY in 1928, so the 1930 project I cited in an earlier comment must have been either a remodeling of the existing house or a project for a different theater nearby that fell through.

However, a thumbnail biography of Lewis Harry Warriner in the NRHP registration form for the Lincoln Street Historic District does attribute the design of the Lyric to him. As it is first listed in 1928, it most likely opened in 1927, unless it had operated earlier under a different name.

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