Crescent Theatre

140 W. Main Street,
Jasonville, IN 47438

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The Crescent Theatre was opened by 1916. It seated 350 and was open into the 1960’s.

Contributed by Chris1982

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm

The Crescent and Amusu Theatres were mentioned in the November 23, 1921 issue of The Jasonville Leader.

The 1922-1923 Film Yearbook listed the Crescent Theatre at Jasonville as one of five houses in Indiana and two in Illinois then operated by J. B. Stine of Clinton, Indiana.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2017 at 5:28 pm

The Crescent Theatre is listed in the 1916-1917 edition of the Indiana State Gazetteer and Business Directory. Frank Newport & Son were listed as proprietors. I’ve found the Crescent mentioned in The Moving Picture World as early as August 17, 1918.

In 1963, Boxoffice published numerous capsule movie reviews submitted by James Hardy, manager of the Crescent,

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 5, 2018 at 5:48 pm

This photo at Facebook shows Jasonville’s Main Street around 1950, the view looking east across Lawton Street. A former resident of Jasonville who attended the theater in the late 1950s-early 1960s tells me that the Crescent Theatre was in the white, two-story building on the right, just past Lawton. The theater’s marquee is discernible, though it doesn’t appear to have the theater’s name on it.

But this is the 100 block of West Main Street, not East Main, and the number of the building would have been higher than 115. Judging from the addresses of businesses on the opposite side of the street, I’d guess the Crescent was at about 140 West Main Street.

All the buildings on that side of that block of Main Street were destroyed in a fire some time ago— the second great fire in Jasonville’s history, the first having happened in 1914. I don’t know if the theater was still in operation at the time its building was destroyed, though.

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