Family Theater

600 N. Main Street,
Lafayette, IN 47901

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The Family Theater dates back to at least 1914 as a vaudeville theater, possibly converted to silent and later on to talkies.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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DonLewis
DonLewis on July 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

From the early 1900s a picture postcard of the Family Theater in Lafayette.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm

PLEASE ADD TO ADDRESS:

600 NORTH MAIN STREET

OPEN 1906-1935

Owners:

1920 Luna Amusements?

1930 Fourth Avenue Amusements?

Anyone have more info or photos?

On this site, in 1853 the First Presbyterian Church was built. In 1906 it was remodeled into the Family Theater. This was one of the first theaters in Indiana to show moving pictures. It used a Viatscope Machine. In 1935 the theater was torn down to make way for the Lafayette Theater. The rear of the stage house wall that was built in 1906 was preserved and remains to this date in the Lafayette Theater.

marlab
marlab on August 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

I have a postcard featuring the Family Theatre, in La Fayette, IN. It was sent to my great grandfather in March, 1914. Is this by chance worth something? It still has a readable postmark and the penny stamp.

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