Indiana Theatre

15th Street,
Bedford, IN 47421

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wicoulte
wicoulte on July 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

Indiana University Archives has a collection of materials from Bloomington, Indiana architect John L. Nichols which includes a letter from F. X. Johnson (Francis Xavier ‘Chip’ Johnson?) dated March 15, 1904. The letter head reads ‘New Stone City Opera House, Bedford, Indiana’. Johnson is responding to a letter of the 12th inquiring about the acoustics in the theater, which he terms ‘excellent’.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 10, 2010 at 7:23 am

Boxoffice of August 12, 1950, said that the Indiana Theatre was undergoing a $250,000 remodeling project. The design was by Indianapolis architect Alden Meranda, who had done a major remodeling of the Crump Theatre at Columbus, Indiana, in 1941.

In its issue of December 2, 1963, Boxoffice reported that the Indiana Theatre name had been moved to the former Von Ritz Theatre. A November 16, 1964, Boxoffice item says that Bedford Theatres had razed the former Indiana Theatre at Bedford, and adds that the house had been built in 1900. It also says that the Indiana was located on 15th Street.

The page with the photo linked in Lost Memory’s second comment above says that the Indiana Theatre had been called the Stone City or Stone City Opera House prior to 1924. This Rootsweb post says that the Stone City Opera House opened on May 16, 1901.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm

This is another photo of the Indiana Theater which opened in 1924.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Here is an undated photo of the Indiana Theater.