Theatorium

117 N. Main Street,
Oakland City, IN 47660

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The 1913 Sanborn shows a ‘Moving Picture Theatre’ in a two story brick commercial building near the corner of N. Main Street and E. Columbia Street.

This structure seems to have been constructed sometime after 1899, although the previous map (from 1907) shows it to have already been destroyed by a fire. Either replaced by a building of identical size, or refurbished, this was likely a very basic operation befitting a small town. The second floor was home to a lodge hall, possibly the Knights of Pythias, who had moved out of the building to the south, which stood on the corner.

Later maps are not available online, but everything south of the railroad tracks on both sides has been destroyed, and an ugly bank from perhaps the 1960’s or 1970’s sits on the location of the theatre and its neighbors.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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SethG
SethG on March 29, 2021 at 4:56 am

The historical address was most likely 103, and a photo from the mid-20s shows a ‘Cash Grocery’ in this location. The Amuzu was across the street and likely replaced it.

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