Wells Theatre

1441 N. Wells Street,
Fort Wayne, IN 46808

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The Wells Theatre opened April 10, 1917, with seating listed at 275. The theatre was owned and operated by the Maller Brothers.

The Wells Theatre closed in the mid-1950’s.

Contributed by Chuck

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robertpence on May 19, 2010 at 7:28 am

The Wells Theatre building was not demolished. It now has the address 1441 N. Wells Street and is occupied by Koehlinger Kruse Security.

I photographed the building as part of a survey of Wells Street for my web site, and thought it looked like a former theatre. I asked Don Orban, Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Fort Wayne, and he sent me this response:

“Your guess is correct…the Koehlinger Kruse bldg was indeed the Wells Street Theater…see attached photo. Cinema Treasures is incorrect. The old Sanborn maps show the building as having addresses 1433, 35, & 37 (theater entrance in the middle and small storefronts on each side). Not sure how KK got the 1441 address but those seem to be subject to change over the years for a variety of reasons.”

The building stands at the southwest corner of Wells and Fourth Streets. You may see the photo that I took on April 12, 2010 here; it’s the tan brick building on the right:
Former Wells Theatre, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

The Wells Theatre is listed in a Fort Wayne telephone directory published in December, 1924.

jimboo94 on December 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

i was an usher at wells theater est.17 years old . 1944. borkinstein heating plumming owner. installed air conditioner at that time..10 cent tickets seating sloped down to the screen. later i ushered at the palace down town.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 2, 2018 at 4:31 pm

A house called the Palace Theatre is listed at 4th and Wells Streets in Fort Wayne in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. Details being unavailable, I don’t know if this was the same house later called the Wells Theatre.

A second house called the Palace Theatre opened in downtown Fort Wayne in January, 1915. The 1916 Polk Directory lists both the “Palace, cor 4th and Wells” and the “Palace Theatre (New), Washington blvd E.”

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