Liberty Theater

429 Franklin St.,
Michigan City, IN 46360

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Postcard view, LIBERTY Theatre, Michigan City, Indiana.

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Liberty originally opened as a silent house, The Starland, around 1918. The name was changed to the Lake in the late 1930s, at which point it received a gleaming new streamline Moderne tile facade.

With the onset of WWII, the name was changed again, to the Liberty, and a marquee with neon torch was added. Sadly, the Liberty was destroyed by an overnight fire on January 22, 1959.

Contributed by Dale Swanson

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KimEM on January 18, 2003 at 3:17 am

My dad was projectionist at the Liberty at the time it burned (and given that there were only two other open theatres in Michigan City at the time, he abruptly wound up in a new line of work). There was a men’s clothing store in the building. The store caught fire one night (Dad always called it an “insurance fire”, though at this late date that’s impossible to establish) and burned the theatre down. The site became a parking lot and drive-thru for Citizens Bank (who, incidentally, managed to accidentally burn down the Tivoli).

kencmcintyre on August 22, 2006 at 7:14 pm

Here is a 1950 photo. The address is listed as 428 Franklin:

dlswansonjr on October 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

BTW – to KimEM – Citizens Bank didn’t “accidentally burn down” the Tivoli Theater. The Tivoli was bought by Citizens Bank – whose dignified old bank building was immediately next door to the Tivoli Building, at 505 Franklin – to be torn down for a new bank building, which is exactly happened, in November 1971. The new Citizens Bank that replaced these structures was about as ugly a postmodern 1970s building as imaginable, which more than vaguely resembled the old styrofoam containers that McDonald’s used to package their burgers in…

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