Fountain Square Theatre
1105 Shelby Street,
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The Fountain Square Theatre was opened on May 6, 1928 as a vaudeville and movie house seating 1,800. It was equipped with a Marr & Colton 3 manual 9 ranks organ. There was a ballroom in the basement. The Fountain Square Theatre was closed April 2, 1960, 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”.
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