Howard Theatre

1601 Howard Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46221

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The Howard Theatre was open prior to 1925. It seated 460 and was open into the 1950’s. The site is now a vacant lot.

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DavidAE on March 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

I remember the building housed Indianapolis Metal Spinning when I lived in the West Indianapolis neighborhood in the late 70’s early 80’s. It was two doors from the corner. Do not think the building was that old. It still looked like a theater. I think it was where the driveway is now. Demolished around 2010. I read a pamphlet about theater organs in Indianapolis that mentioned a theater at the corner of Blaine and Howard. There is an existing brick building that has the outline of an early theater in it’s flatened face.

Old_Grouch on June 13, 2015 at 11:10 am

That would be the Hilltop Theater, 1401 Blaine Avenue. It’s in the 1916 City Directory; the American Theater Organ Society’s list shows it operating in 1927.

The Street View above shows the SW corner; if you rotate it you can see the brick building on the SE corner. That’s where Google Maps put 1401 (numbers increase going south with odds on the east side), but I can’t read any address numbers in the street view.

“Two doors from the corner”… west on Howard from Blaine, right?

I may wander down and take a look. I wonder if there are any oldtimers at St.John’s who remember the neighborhood.

DavidAE on June 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Old Grouch, I was there a few months ago for a funeral. You might consider me an “old timer”, I go back to the late 70’s when I moved into the community. I will see the Hilltop gets added.

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