Woodlawn Theatre

1011 N. Main Street,
Evansville, IN 47711

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

It now looks as though the theater was not on the church site after all. This web page at Historic Evansville says that the Woodlawn Theatre was demolished in 1963, after closing in 1957. At the “View all Images” link there is an aerial view from 1947, and the enlarged version of it includes the Woodlawn Theatre, outlined at lower left. It does look like the theater was too far north to have been under what is now the church’s footprint. Also, it had a flat roof, unlike the northern section of the church that I thought might have been what was left of the theater.

The site says that a branch of Hardee’s is on the site of the Woodlawn Theatre. Unfortunately, I updated Street View with a view of the church before I found the Historic Evansville page. Pan the view left to see the Hardee’s. The theater was most likely sited on what is now the parking lot between Hardee’s and the church.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I’m not sure that any part of the Woodlawn Theatre is still standing as part of the church now on its site. Part of the north sidewall of the building looks like it could be fairly old, and that section of the building has a gabled roof, characteristic of theaters built during the 1910s and early 1920s, but most of the building is of unmistakably modern construction.

The Woodlawn was definitely in operation by the early 1920s. A page at the Willard Library dates the photo seen at Chuck’s link as c. 1920. It’s obvious from the outfits the people in the photo are wearing, too. The ankle-length dress on the woman could have dated from the late 1910s.