DeLuxe Theater

589/5205 Hohman Avenue,
Hammond, IN 46327

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1927 photo courtesy of the Planet Hammond Facebook page.

Two websites on the history of the Calumet region of Northwest Indiana have an exterior photos of the it’s first incarnation the Towle Opera House and, finally, as the Deluxe Theater, apparently the only change was the sign. I couldn’t find any pictures of the interior but assuming it was not remodeled it was said to be on par with those in Chicago.

It was torn down in 1928 to make room for a department store that later became a Woolworth’s 5 & 10

Contributed by Lawrence Perkins

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RegionRat on February 27, 2010 at 7:51 am

I believe the DeLuxe Theater was on the site of the former Towle Opera House, which is now operating as the Towle Community Theater. This would have been right next to where Woolworth’s was. I’ve seen photos of the Woolworth building dating back to the 1900s and 1910s when the building was a bank.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm

This web page has three early photos of the Towle Opera House. From the exterior photo it can be seen that it occupied the lot now containing the Towle Theatre and the lot next door with the building currently housing the Hammond Innovation Center.

This page has a later photo, when the Opera House had become the DeLuxe Theatre, and the commercial space in front of it was occupied by Woolworth’s.

The Towle Opera House opened in 1903, and was called the Hammond Theatre in 1911, but had become the De Lux Theatre by 1912. The spelling was later changed to DeLuxe. I’ve been unable to discover if the building housing the modern Towle Theatre is the one built on the site in 1929-1930, or is of more recent construction.

Larry51 on November 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm

In observing the Deluxe sign you will notice that it is in the shape of a capital “T”. That is not coincidence. It was the signage of the TOWLE OPERA HOUSE before the Deluxe theatre moved there.

DavidZornig on March 10, 2014 at 12:42 am

Just added a nice 1927 photo of the Deluxe Theater courtesy of the Planet Hammond Facebook page.

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