1025 N. Arlington Avenue,
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This 1949 Art Moderne style theater was opened by a independent operator in the Eastside neighborhood of Indianapolis. The opening night program on October 6, 1949 was “You’re My Everything” starring Dan Dailey. All seating was on a single floor.
In 1953, the theater was renovated with an extension out the back of theater for the installation of the Cinemascope screen and the sound upgrade to four-track magnetic. The theater became a showcase for Walt Disney movies until the early Seventies when another theater began outbidding the Arlington for the Disney movies.
Struggling, the owner leased out his concession stand to a nationally known food service company. Borrowing funds to keep the theater alive, the owner eventually gave up the theater to the concession company. The concession company ran the theater itself for a number of years before leasing to an independent operator 1982. The independent operated tried discount and sub run films. With the backing of the concession company, a bid was made for “The Empire Strikes Back”, the operator was hoping to salvage the theater.
When the operator lost the bid, and having found revelations that a possible violation of state blind bidding laws may have been violated, the operator filed suit against the film’s distributor. The suit was settled and the operator gave up, closing the theater in 1983. The theater never reopened and became an Ace hardware store.
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