Wallace Theatre

21 W. Main Street,
Peru, IN 46970

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The Wallace Theatre opened prior to 1909, and was designed in a Neo-Classical style with seating listed at 729. The Wallace Theatre was around the corner from the larger Roxy Theatre. It was operated by Gregory Theatres when it opened and by 1941 Alliance Theater Corp. until its closing in 1961.

It was later demolished. A CVS Pharmacy now sits on the site of the former Wallace Theatre.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 12, 2012 at 2:40 am

The Wallace Theatre was in operation at least as early as 1909, when an item in the April 23 issue of the Rochester Sentinel said that Charles Holden, owner of a stock company then playing at the Park Theatre in Indianapolis, had secured a lease on the Wallace Theatre in Peru. Holden already controlled the Eagles Theatre in Wabash, and later that year would take over the Manitou Theatre in Rochester, a vaudeville house which he would convert into a movie theater.

jmoore
jmoore on July 24, 2013 at 7:21 am

The Wallace Theatre was smaller than the Roxy, however it did have it’s own unique charm, including the entry to the theatre. This was another one of those theatres that many traveling acts came to perform at, and due to it’s smaller size it allowed for a more entertaining experience. As a movie theatre it held it’s own for many years. Unfortunately it’s market dried up, and since it lacked the grandeur of the Roxy there was never a real effort to preserve it. It’s auditorium was long and respectively more narrow (with 720+ seats) compared to the grand auditorium of the Roxy. By 1961, poorly maintained by the Alliance Theatre Group, the old Wallace Theatre passed into the memories of theatres gone by. It too was lost to the wrecking ball. It was a sad loss too, because of the acoustics of that old theatre. Had she survived the trend of destroying such old treasures, she surely would have made a great community theatre.

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