Greentree 4 Theatre

717 Highway 131,
Clarksville, IN 47129

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rivest266 on October 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

August 6th, 1969 opening ad as Trans-Lux as well as the February 15th, 1985 grand opening ad as Green Tree 4 in photo section.

CSWalczak on September 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Status should needs to be changed to Closed/Demolished.

GreenTreeMatt on September 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Ok im my sentimental rambling i did forget to say that. The building was demolished and is now a gravel lot surrounded by a fence. It is waitingto be paved. I cant tell you how many people are waiting for thatfence to come down so we can just hang out there agiain. I know it sounds silly bit it is true. Thank you for your time.

GreenTreeMatt on September 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Guys the building burned on febuary 28, 2012 at aboutt 6 am. I got a call from mall security and my step brother who is a 911 dispatcher. By the time I got there the building was belching black smoke. There were news crews and many onlookers. As the morning went on many of our friends,employees and close buisiness contactt stopped by to offer what they could. I did while the building was burning have the opertunity to stick my head in the door. The fire was mainly in the ceilling of the northwest theater. As i was looking the tiles were falling, setting our scenery on fire. Shortly after this point the crews were pulled from the back of the building. They now focused on the roof.“ Which now had a huge hole in it. ”. They also woorked from the lobby. The fire was spreading from back to front. And left to right. The theater next to what we called haunt 4 was half burned. The center wall which was addes when the building was twinned was burned through. It was constructed with double-ply drywall.. The center hallway was as the firemen put it a vortex of fire. As for our purpose for the building this hall was a. 22 person theater. This housed our preshow. The front two theaters were almost unharmed, except for the thousands of gallons of water that poured into the building. Near the back of the building the water was nearly 41/2 feet deep because of the slant of the floor. The water climbed the back steps and went out the back door. This was level with the parking lot. Aftr the fire was out" but still smoking" tbe city, mall, and fire dept. All turned their heads. We were inside the building gathering as much as we could salvage. Sometimes we were literally swimming in water full of charred wood, nails and broken glass. Need i mention this was febuary and we were in water we did not even feel the cold. I assume it was pure adriniline. We gathered stuff that we couldnt part with and some antiques such as a cast iron morgue table from the twenties. Yes it was extremely hard to get. As the sun went down that evening and we gathered all of the stuff we threw out the doors we packed everything into trucks a put the remains of 15 years into 1 storage unit. One week after the fire the building eventhough damaged survived tornadic winds.These were the same winds and storms that dropped an E.F.4 tornado acrost southern Indiana, most famously Henryville In. Other buildings 100 feet away had considerable sized chunks blown away. Our theater still stood a true testiment to its structure.It would be nearly 2 months before we were allowed back in to the building. Amazeingly after we signed the a safety release we were given unsupervised freedom to roam the building. We did just that. It had been our home for 5 years. We owes it to the building to give it one last tender look. While we gathered what we could on e again we shared tears and memories of the times we hd in the building. We took pictures and heartfelt memories with us that day. This building as much as the items we left in it was special in all of our hearts. As we locked the doors and turned over the keys there was a somber silence between my buisiness partner and I. It was a good run and we were glad to have been able to run it in the old GreenTree 4.we created another era of memories for the building. I am glad to say that in the four years that we were open we entertained over 70,000 guests. And many of them peed their pants. PSYCHOMANIA THEATER OF TERROR. GREENTREE 4. TRANS-LUX THEATER. ………..R.I.P…………..YOU SERVED YOUR COUMUNITY WELL.. THANK YOU

I apologize if this was long and rambling. I guess it was more of a vent for me. Tomorrow would have been our opening night. I am feeling somewhat hopelessly sentimental about the many memories shared by hundreds. Who entered the building. Also of my childhood and teen years that so much time was spent inside the building. I do miss it alot thank you for reading along memory lane with me. Matt Kemp

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Here is my picture from November 2010.

GreenTreeMatt on June 13, 2010 at 8:41 am

copy and paste this for photos View link
This is our facebook page and we have photos on here and all the information on events and happenings at the building….
We had our first movie showing in seven years. Our screen is in the lobby and is 10 ft by 6 ½ ft. everything is decorated to resemble an abandoned theater from the 30s or 40s. we have painted and cleaned put up new lighting and did a faux finish on the walls. prior to the movies we showed a 12 min DVD of compiled Drive In Advertisements, and cartoons. To keep with tradition. Of course since we are in our lobby we are using temporary seating. Our chairs are white stack-able lawn chairs. Everyone seemed to enjoy them selves and we had a good turn out. These are semi public/semi private parties that are geared generally to our Facebook friends and their guests. There is a $5.00 Donation to cover cost and includes FREE Popcorn, and Soda.If you are interested please join our Facebook Page all of our information is put up on there usually daily

GreenTreeMatt on June 2, 2010 at 12:06 am

We have pulled up the ugly carpet in the lobby, sadly there is no trans lux emblem in the center of the chipped marble floor, but the floor is in great shape. we have rebuilt a wall in with three doors in place of the second set of doors that would have led into the lobby, of course it is not original but it is at least reminiscent of the past configuration. Oh good news when i turned on the water for the season there were no leaks… which was always a problem in the past

GreenTreeMatt on June 2, 2010 at 12:00 am

Does anyone have any pics of this building in its heyday, i would really love them if you do.

GreenTreeMatt on November 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I would say that you are right about the screen and the projectors being changed. and yes the theater was split directly down the middle. and then after they decided to make it a four-plex they took part of that wall out of the front of the building built two to replace it and made a central hallway to get to the back two theaters. they built a second projection room to use for the back two theaters.

CSWalczak on November 13, 2009 at 1:08 am

Yes, Trans-Lux did operate some Cinerama houses, but this was never one of them. This theater is too close to Louisville for Cinerama to have been exhibited there; Cinerama markets were well-defined and care was taken to never over-saturate a geographical area. In fact, according to this well-researched list of Cinerama theaters, the only Indiana city that had Cinerama showings was Indianapolis: View link

Eberson did build one purpose-built Cinerama house for Trans-Lux in Harrisburg. PA; the chain also took over the Martin Cinerama theaters in St. Louis and New Orleans.

I think its quite likely though that what was when this theater may have looked very much like other Eberson single-screen theater designs of the latter 1960s. Many of these had large, gently curved screens and many had 70mm equipment.

When the original theater was twinned, it apparently was called the Trans-Lux Blue and Gold. I have a hunch that when this twinning occurred, the original single auditorium was split in half, the original screen removed, and the projectors re-positioned to hit the new screens.

GreenTreeMatt on November 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Sorry my fingers are drunk, please look past the type-os in the last post.

GreenTreeMatt on November 12, 2009 at 9:33 pm

I have a question for all you folks, do you know if Trans-Lux did cinerama projections? The reason I ask is, the was my projector bases are lined with what would have originally been the screen has always boggled me. they are set at outward angles away from each other. as if they we to hit the corners of the building. Likewise the if you go to the far end of the building you would see where the original screen was and the area is curved. I have also noticed this in the blueprints of the building. Even the leading wall of the original projection area is curved. Could my 4 have at one time been a Cinerama theater or were the other types of multiple projections? I really am new to all of the history, but am very interested.

GreenTreeMatt on November 11, 2009 at 9:58 pm

The one thing that i am having a hard time finding are older pictures of the theater. By the way i am going to tear up the nasty purple and black cinemark carpet. Who knows what we will find? I do know that there is a chipped marble floor in the front entrance way, I am excited to see if there is a logo in the center. i will keep everyone posted i and i will try to get some pics up.

GreenTreeMatt on November 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Yes, the building was built in 1968, for the Trans-Lux company. It was a large single screen with the traditional Blue and Gold color scheme. The original ceilings are nearly 40 ft high. It was obviously at the end of the single screen era. It was divided into 2 side by side theaters in the 70s and then split again in the 80s which is how it is now. The company that owns it will only invest what they can make back in 6 months. So it is pretty slim chance that it will ever be restored but it would be awesome. It is sad but even after being closed since 2003 people have not even noticed . Everyday there are still people coming up and asking when the shows start. All of the seats and fixtures have been removed, but there are some leftovers still around. like the blue and gold taffeta sound fold and some leftover paint. The original ceiling tiles are still painted gold. (that is the ones that haven’t fallen) the architectural info is box c-35, box 0-15 and is Trans-Lux project#1991. Also Trans-Lux Theaters Pylon sign Drew Eberson

CSWalczak on November 11, 2009 at 12:26 am

Did you mean Drew EBERSON? The archive of his and his father’s work (which is part of the Wolfsonian Collection at Florida International University) shows that Drew Eberson designed a theater for Clarksville, IN in 1968. Does the Greentree 4 date back that far? It seems that Cinemark started operating it in the late 80s.

GreenTreeMatt on November 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm

by the way i did find out the architect is Drew Ebson, and i do have the original copies of the blue prints. I am not sure if i can get them into picture form since they are so large.

CSWalczak on November 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I am a frequent contributor to CT living in Saint Louis, MO I had posted the news item regarding the closing of the Greentree 10. Good luck on that venture!

GreenTreeMatt on November 10, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Yes CWalczak , Psychomania is a seasonal event. I am one of the owners of the business. Our original plans for the building included renovating the lobby to an extent and using the far left hand theater as a live performance venue. Sadly those plans have had to change. The building itself requires more capitol than we can afford to make that possible. The roof alone sets at $60,000 in repairs. If in deed we do well with our endeavors in the haunt industry we hope to do at least basic repairs to the building. The good thing is there are no structural problems with the building. But like the say “when it rains it pours” well that is exactly what is does inside of our building. For now we cope, and sometimes it is very depressing but we keep going. We do love the building and i think it is happy to have us as residents.(even if we are not what some people would like to see in it) thanks. oh and by the way are you local or did you just find us on the web?

CSWalczak on November 10, 2009 at 10:58 am

Based on the “Psychomania” website, it seems that the haunted theater has been a seasonal event. Is the theater really being renovated?