Fountain Square Theatre

1105 Shelby Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46203

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Fountain Square Theatre

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This theatre was opened on May 6, 1928 as a vaudeville and movie house seating 1,800. By the late-1950’s, the Fountain Square Theatre was closed and then gutted.

The theatre was converted first into a Woolworth’s store then a thrift shop before its restoration and is now used for banquets and swing dancing.

“My father often went there when he was growing up in the late-1930’s to 1940 when he joined the Army and became a soldier in World War II. He returned there in the late-1940’s, and there was a popular soda-pop malt shop built next door to the theatre in the same building. He said he had a lot of fond memories there, including seeing the Hoosier Hot Shots Band perform live onstage there in 1939.”

Contributed by Donald John Long, Cinema Treasures

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unknown on November 5, 2003 at 12:57 pm

The Fountain Square Theater is stillstanding and is used often for swing dances and weddings. The adjacant soda shop and 1920 duckpin lanes are all restored. AS reported above, the theater was used as a shopping/ thrift store, but has since been reclaimed.

cheerfulheart on April 4, 2004 at 1:44 pm

The Fountain Square Theatre still stands. The website is:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2005 at 6:50 am

Here is a photo of the Fountain Square Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 8, 2005 at 4:48 pm

This is a close-up photo of the Fountain Square Theater.

kencmcintyre on August 24, 2006 at 2:37 pm

Here are some photos from the late 40s or early 50s. The last photo shows a different theater, the Granada, in the same vicinity as the Fountain Square. If the Granada is listed under a different name, please let me know the listing:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2008 at 9:10 am

Interior photos of the banquet hall can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 28, 2008 at 12:57 pm

This is the Fountain Square Theater in 2004.

spectrum on November 13, 2010 at 8:51 am

Contrary to what was said above – it looks like the auditorium was not gutted in the 1950s. The current banquet hall shows a nicely renovated atmospheric auditorium with balcony and priscenium arch. Still have clouds painted on the ceiling. Their history article makes no mention about conversion to a Woolworth’s – they merely mention it going into decline in the 1960s. They renovated it into a banquet hall starting in 1993.

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