Emerson Theater

4630 E. 10th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46201

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Emerson Theater

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Opened as the Eastland Theater in 1928. This Art Moderne style former neighborhood movie house still has a beautifully preserved neon marquee and multicolored tile facade.

Inside, it has retained much of its lobby and concession area, but the auditorium has had all of its old seating torn out.

The Emerson Theater is today one of the city’s premier small venues for rock concerts, with room for over 400 in the auditorium, featuring both touring bands as well as local talent on Friday and Saturday nights.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2005 at 12:32 am

Here is another photo of the Emerson Theater.

galoux on June 27, 2007 at 6:58 pm

Oh, shoot. I did go to the Rivoli, but my Beatles story I posted for that was actually about the Emerson! Glad to see it is still there! Fun facade and general architecture.


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm

A 2009 photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 20, 2009 at 2:09 am

This is another 2009 photo.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

From BOXOFFICE,May 1986. the EMERSON THEATRE has reopened.The 439 seat theatre will run second run movies for $1.50 and some art films may be shown.Th etheatre was built in 1931.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 12:59 am

Interesting looking theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

The correct address of the Emerson Theatre is 4630 East 10th Street.

The 1986 Boxoffice article Mike Rogers cited above was mistaken about the Emerson having been built in 1931. According to The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, and as Chuck said in the second comment on this page, the house opened as the Eastland Theatre in 1928, and was renamed the Emerson in 1931.

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