American Theater

817 Wabash Avenue,
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Here is information about the American Theatre from the March 25, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“The American Theater, owned and manager by Morris Less, also owner and manager of the Lyric Film Supply, is Terre Haute’s best in moving picture theaters.

“As will be seen by the views, the American is the real thing. It seats 1,050, has a pipe organ, an operating room 10 x 18 x 8, having an 18-lnch vent flue. There are two Simplex projectors. Over the lobby Is the Lyric Film Supply, where projectors of various kinds are carried, as well as a full line of supplies, and a rather weird collection of projectors of ancient and venerable aspect and design.

“The American Theater has a light plant which Is a real curiosity. Brother Less just simply don’t propose to have his theater go dark. He has a 60-h. p. kerosene engine and a 120-volt generator of 260 ampere capacity, a motor and another generator of like capacity to rectify the A. C. in event the engine gets balky, and still another motor and generator of smaller capacity to carry the load when it is light

“The seating consists of a bank of seats in front, then a bank of brass-railed loge boxes, behind which is a second bank of seats. There is also a narrow balcony at either side and the rear, all given over to loge boxes. The lighting is by handsome, inverted fixtures.

“Projection is very good, though I believe it might with advantage be more brilliant.

“Mr. Less is a wide awake exhibitor, as well as an affable gentleman, with whom one likes to talk and exchange views. May his tribe increase.”

DavidAE
DavidAE on December 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

If you look a half block down on the right you can see the American Theater. It’s blade can be seen with the theater building being set back. Tony Hulman housed some of his collection of cars in the building after it closed and called it The Early Wheels Museum. Yes the building is gone. http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0129&CISOPTR=1480&CISOBOX=1&REC=3

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 19, 2008 at 5:03 pm

This ad was in the Indiana Magazine of History. The article was about the Klan in Indiana in the twenties. I didn’t see another American theater listed in Indiana.
http://tinyurl.com/6rjcdj

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 25, 2008 at 7:33 pm

A Hinners theater organ was installed in the American Theater in 1914.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm

This article mentions the American Theater being built in 1914. A bank/mortgage company is currently located at this address but I don’t know if its the same building as the theater.