Times Theater

1115 S. Meridian Street,
Anderson, IN 46016

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2011 at 3:44 am

A closer reading of the Madison County Historical Society page I linked to in my previous comment reveals that the Starland Theatre became the Times Theatre on March 29, 1942.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2011 at 3:31 am

koosmal: The Times and Riviera Theatres were on the same block, but were not the same theater. The Times has not been demolished, but the Riviera has. The Times Theatre was in the building next to the alley, as shown in the current Street View. The theater on the corner in the photo Don Lewis linked to in the first comment was the Riviera. You can see a bit of the Times' marquee up the block in that photo.

This photo from Indiana Memory shows the three houses from a slightly different angle, with a slightly better view of the facade of the Times.

The Times Theatre opened on Christmas Day, 1913, as the Starland Theatre. The opening of the Starland was noted in the January 24, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World. This page from the Madison County Historical Society gives the address of the Starland Theatre as 1115 S. Meridian, and the address of the Riviera as 1135 S. Meridian.

The caption of this photo from Indiana Memory indicates that the name Starland was moved at some point to the former Grand Opera House, which had been converted to a vaudeville house called the Granada Theatre in 1924. I tdoesn’t give a date for the renaming to Starland, but it must have been when the original Starland became the Times.

koosmal
koosmal on August 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I believe this theater was also called ther Riveria. I can almost make out the letters on the building in the photo. Part of the roof collasped in I believe 1979. The theater was open but fortunately no one was hurt. At the time it was owned by Spiro-Mallers Theaters. I was manager of the Paramount when this happened. At first I thought it was a fire, as a cloud of dust billowed out of the theater followed by the audience. I talked to the projectionist the same evening(I remember it was Sunday) he said he saw a lot of particles and drops of water through the beam of light from the projector, and hit the house lights, stopped the movie. It was thought that water accumulation on the roof caused the cave in. I went into the theater and looked at the damage, I would estimate that about a 12' wide section came down across the width of the auditorium, you could see the sky. It never reopened.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

With the older theaters we have very few addresses, just the theater name and town in most cases. C/T often fills in the blanks with information from other viewers.
That is another reason I am happy to see you are active on Cinema Treasures again.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

Thanks Chuck. You continue to do an amazing job of keeping up with the current and past theater history and activity.

Don…

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 13, 2010 at 6:14 am

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

MERIDIAN STREET & WEST 12TH STREET

Meridian Plaza puts it way off and not accross the street from the Paramount.

Open 1945-1955?

Owned by Alliance Amusement Company of Chicago. They owned theaters in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and the state of Wasington.

More info and photos?

DonLewis
DonLewis on July 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

From 1957 a view of the Times and Paramount Theaters in Anderson.