Washington Theatre

967 Washington Avenue,
Evansville, IN 47713

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Washington Theatre

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Great neighborhood theatre on eastside of Evansville, IN.

Contributed by James R Griffin

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm

The site mentioned on 5/13/08 has added some new photos to its collection:
http://tinyurl.com/ca7ovq

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 11, 2009 at 11:25 pm

The Washington was run by the local circuit, Premier Theatres, for many years, but in 1965 was taken over by Ted Graulich, operator of the Family Drive-In at Evansville. He took over the Ross Theatre at the same time.

After remodeling the Washington, as reported in Boxoffice, February 25, 1966 (the article features two small photos), Graulich renamed the house the Cinema 35. Seating had been reduced to 605.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

It looks like the Washington Theatre has been demolished. The only structure on the odd-numbered side of the 900 block is a neo-colonial style building which the Internet lists as the location of Old National Bank, 961 Washington.

There are a couple of early photos of the Washington Theatre near the bottom of this web page, from Willard Library. The caption of one says that the theater opened on November 24, 1936.

The February 21 (not 25,) 1966, Boxoffice item about the Cinema 35 that I linked to in my previous comment has been moved to this link.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

The Washington Theatre/Cinema 35 closed in 1983 and the building was demolished in 1988 according to this page at Historic Evansville. The “View all images” link on that page fetches several additional photos of the theater, including an interior shot of the spacious auditorium. There is also a Sanborn map from 1962.

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