Maywood Theatre

Morton Avenue and Columbia Avenue,
Hammond, IN

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The Maywood Theatre, located in the Hammond neighborhood of the same name, opened on Christmas Day, 1927. It originally had seating for about 1000.

Designed in Spanish Renaissance style, complete with an ornate, white terra-cotta facade, the Maywood cost over $250,000 to erect.

The auditorium of the theater had a domed ceiling, lit by cove lights. The Maywood also contained a balcony and stage, which hosted vaudeville acts in its early years, and later, children’s shows during Saturday and Sunday matinees.

The building the Maywood was housed in also contained offices and apartments on its second floor, and several storefonts along Morton Avenue.

By the 1940s, the Maywood had been renamed the Rio. Seating was later reduced to 700. After being closed for many years, the old theater was demolished in 1997 to make way for a new industrial park.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft
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