Clyde Theater

1810 Bluffton Road,
Fort Wayne, IN 46809

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Opening Day of the Clyde Theatre in Quimby Village, Fort Wayne, IN.

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The Clyde Theater was a glamorous theater that opened on April 19, 1951 on the outskirts of Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was very tastefully moderne. The circular lobby defined the semi-circular foyer that led to the 1,790-seat single level auditorium. The concession stand was upholstered in turquoise leather. There were colorful murals throughout. The murals by interior designer Hanns Teichert in the main auditorium were lit with black-light… They fascinated me as a child. This was my favorite theater.

It was later twinned and renamed Quimby Village I & II after the shopping centre it was located in. It has been in use as a church since closing and has been de-twinned. In 2017 there are plans to convert the building into a concert/entertainment venue and to renamed it Clyde Theater once again. Renovations began in July 2017.

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koosmal
koosmal on October 24, 2009 at 3:07 am

No work has been done for over a year now. Have not heard of any plans either. Correction to my previous post, the large screen that was in front of the stage was for CinemaScope, not Cinerama.

tshimp1
tshimp1 on January 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Do you know if the seats are still in the theater?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

An article about the empty former Quimby Theater casting a pall over redevelopment efforts in the surrounding shopping center; the article includes some pictures: View link.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 26, 2011 at 3:45 am

Here is the Clyde Theatre with its vertical sign intact. Thumbnails below the photo include a shot of the theater’s auditorium.

koosmal
koosmal on March 17, 2013 at 5:29 am

I thought this theater was finished, but, according to articles from the Journal-Gazette and News Sentinal, posted on FortWayne.com, the city has awarded new owner Even Keel Productions $40,000 for facade improvement. In June 2013, Even Keel owner, Rick Kinney purchased the property for $500, after it had been plagued by unpaid taxes, lawsuits, and unrealized dreams. Keel posted that he is “committed to renovating the Clyde Theater and adjacent commercial spaces to fill the need for multi-functional performing arts facility… The architectural firm of MSKTD is managing the renovations. More information on fortwayne.com.

koosmal
koosmal on August 1, 2017 at 11:32 pm

Renovations have started on the theater. According to a Journal-Gazette article (July 24), over $5 million has been secured to restore the venue for live performances. Target opening is spring 2018.

Scott
Scott on August 2, 2017 at 9:07 am

Does anyone know if the original murals still remain in the theatre?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

The Instagram page for the Clyde Theatre has a few photos, including an interesting aerial view and several excellent interior views.

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