Manitou Theatre

120 E. Eighth Street,
Rochester, IN 46975

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The Manitou Theatre opened prior to 1909 with seating listed at 540. It was operated by Affliliated Theatres when it closed.

The theatre closed in the mid-1950’s and is now offices for an attorney, insurance agency and title company.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 12, 2012 at 1:00 am

The Manitou Theatre began operating as a movie house in 1909, when the September 24 issue of the Rochester Sentinel said that the Manitou Theatre was to be reopened with Charles A. Holden as the manager. Holden had taken over the Wallace Theatre at Peru, Indiana, earlier that year.

The Manitou had been a vaudeville theater prior to 1909, according to this 2009 article in the Sentinel. The article also notes that Charles Holden, a former stage actor, later had a successful career as a movie actor.

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