Premier Theater

W. Lincolnway and Lafayette Street,
Valparaiso, IN 46383

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A report in the Economist, February 14, 1920. Page 382

‘Theater, Store and Office Building’

Architect Henry L. Newhouse, 4630 Prairie Avenue, is receiving bids on a two-story building, 72x82, to contain a modern theater with a seating capacity of 1,500, and stage, four stores, and fifteen offices, to be erected at a corner in Valparaiso, Indiana, for the G.G. Shauer & Sons Company of that town. The theater will be fireproof reinforced concrete construction, with steel trusses, and the building will have pressed brick and stone front, steam heat, tile flooring, and will cost $ 100,000.

Contributed by Cathy Colin, William P. Berinstein

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 31, 2008 at 3:38 am

And this link claims:

In 1919 the Shauer family acquired the Hotel Spindler property at Lafayette and Lincolnway to develope the site into the Premier Theater. Vaudeville and stage productions here dated back to
the mid-19th Century.

If you search through the .pdf file, you wil find an old photo of the Premier Theater. I believe that its on page four.

LouisRugani on November 25, 2009 at 4:26 am

I drove past this theatre in the late spring of 1980. The lighted marquee was spectacular. The facade was dated 1921.

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