Lafayette Theater

600 Main Street,
Lafayette, IN 47901

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Lafayette Theater, Lafayette, IN

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The Lafayette Theater opened in 1938 and operated until 1990. It then became a downtown empty eyesore.

A complete historical renovation went ahead in 2003-2006 and a restaurant/bar, classic movie theater re-opened from what could have well become a parking lot.

Contributed by William Brown

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 14, 2005 at 5:54 pm

Before the Lafayette Theater was built, another theater stood on the same site. In 1906 the Family Theater was one of the first in Indiana to show moving pictures. The Family Theater was torn down in 1935. In 1937, the Lafayette Theater was built and it opened in August of 1938. The builders preserved the original back wall of the Family Theater, which remains to this day. The Lafayette Theater reflected the popular art deco style of the 1930s, and seated 1100 people. First-run movies were the main attraction and the theater continued to show movies until 1990, when it closed.

BenRoss on August 17, 2005 at 3:39 am

The Lafayette Theatre was built on the site of the old Family Theater, which had been a 1906 remodeling of First Presbyterian Church (built 1853). In 1938 the Family was torn down except for the rear of the stage house (built 1906). The new steel-frame Lafayette Theatre, designed by Louisville architects Marr & Holman was built in only a few months.

The Lafayette Theatre is currently being renovated for use as a dinner theatre and live entertainment venue. Restoration of interior and exterior details and repair of damage from 10+ years of abandonment are in progress at this time. It has some great Art Deco interior spaces and the building is gradually regaining its shiny Art Deco newness again.
I have photographs of the theatre’s renovation and more historical information on my website: View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2005 at 4:47 am

Here is another website with photos and history of the Lafayette Theater.

JPVideo on August 17, 2006 at 7:43 am

The Lafayette Theater has completed it’s renovations. It is not “Jake and Roxies”. It is the “Lafayette Theater”. Renovations were completed by group of investors known as New York LLC. Visit there web site for more information about the theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 9, 2007 at 7:13 am

Here is a photo of the Lafayette Theater.

Broan on September 30, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm

This is the Lafayette Theater at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

That’s just an updated link.

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