West Theatre

215 W. Paris Avenue,
West Terre Haute, IN 47885

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The Holmes Theatre opened in 1916. By 1940 it had been renamed West Theatre 1940 with seating listed at 390.

The theatre closed in 1955 and still sits boarded up in 2009.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2013 at 12:59 am

This theater was probably the house built in 1916 as the Holmes Theatre, as noted in the August 5 issue of The Moving Picture World that year:

“The Holmes Brothers of West Terre Haute are building The Holmes theater at 213-15 Paris avenue. The house is just two doors west of the theater being operated by the Holmes Brothers at this time.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

The West Theatre was probably the subject of this item from the March 11, 1916, issue of The American Contractor:

“West Terre Haute, Ind.—Moving Picture Theater & Store Bldg.: 1 sty. 38x125. Archt. Rodney W. Leonard, 216 Rea bldg., Terre Haute, Ind. Owner J. Radcliff, 221 Paris av., West Terre Haute. Architect taking bids.”
Other items indicate that architect Leonard’s design featured white enameled face brick and terra cotta trim.

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