Regent Theatre

42 S. Illinois Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Regent Theatre

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The Regent Theatre was another of the smaller downtown theatres. It opened in 1925 with seating listed at 599. It was owned and operated by Cantor Theatres.

The Regent Theatre closed in 1956 and was later demolished. There is a new office building where the theatre once stood,.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 21, 2014 at 10:33 am

The records of Hugh J. Baker & Co., purveyors of structural steel and concrete, show that they provided materials for the Regent Theatre at 42 S. Illinois Street in 1915. The house, first operated by Bingham, Crose, & Cohen, opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1915 (November 25 that year.)

The November 28, 1915, issue of The Indianapolis Star reported on the opening of the Regent, noting that the new house had been designed by the architectural firm of R. P. Daggett & Co. (the lead architect was probably Robert Frost Daggett, as Robert Platt Daggett had retired in 1912 and Robert Frost Daggett, Jr., didn’t join the firm until the 1930s.)

The Moving Picture World found the Regent Theatre sufficiently significant to publish several paragraphs about it, with a small photo, in their issue of January 1, 1916 (page 72 in this Google Books scan.)

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