Indiana Theatre

136 W. Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Petronius2 on September 7, 2010 at 5:05 am

Anybody who, like me, first saw “2001: A Space Odyssey” in Cinerama at the Indiana Theater, on its first release in 1968, will certainly never forget the experience. Some films are made IN Cinerama, but that one seemed to be made FOR Cinerama. It’s just not the same on a regular screen, and without the fine resolution of a good 70mm print. I was still in high school and was just blown away by the stunning artistry. I ended up seeing it, what, five times at the Indiana? Six times? Seven or more? A whole lot of times. Unforgettable.



Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Click here for a photograph of the Indiana Theatre taken in 1930 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto & Mann.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Photos of the Indiana Theatre in its current state. Some are very nice. Others, such as the apparent leopard spot carpeting in one of the lounges, not so much:

View link

To view click on the second tab marked “Photos”.

busswt on October 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm

The organ is now at the Warren Performing Arts Center. Here it play here:

See still pictures here: View link

I am still in disbelief that the auditorium of the theatre was ruined by the IRT remodel. I remember seeing the orchestra lift operate during a closed ATOS meeting one Sunday morning years ago. A Thomas Theatre Organ was played by Kenny Jagger. I read above that the lift mechanism was trashed. What a tragedy!!

JohnMLauter on June 6, 2009 at 6:50 pm

The Indiana was always Known as the Indiana theatre, the name “Publix” refers to the Paramount-Publix franchise, which this theatre was a part of. This was before the federal government anti-trust action, which eneded the studios' ability to own the theatres in which their products were shown. Several theatres in Detroit were Publix houses, the local franchise there was owned by the Kunsky chain. Another local firm in Indy no doubt held the franchise for that city/area.

Wulfe51 on June 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Are you certain of the 6/26/68 date for the showing of 2001? My recollection is of an autumn release…I seem to recall that school was still in session when I took the bus down there to see it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 2:57 am

Here is a December 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 20, 2008 at 3:59 am

This is a June 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 10, 2008 at 12:21 am

Okay, so the name Publix Theatre on the marquee in the photo that I linked to on Aug 8, 2007 at 7:35pm was just the name of the chain. Thanks.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 4, 2008 at 4:47 am

Two other people already mentioned that. I was one of them.

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 4:43 am

Shouldn’t there be an aka of Publix, based on the photos posted on 8/8 and 12/18?

Here is a 1927 photo. You can see the Capitol a few doors down on Washington Street:

tomdelay on December 18, 2007 at 6:04 pm

And it is a shame the auditorium interior was not preserved as well as the rest of the building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 18, 2007 at 5:55 pm

This is a more recent photo of the Indiana Repertory Theater.

tomdelay on August 9, 2007 at 4:31 am

On the west facing brickwall—toward the State House—used to say:

Indiana Theatre
A Publix Theatre

That wall is now covered by the modern structure built in the last 15-20 years. Somewhere I have a photo of this.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 9, 2007 at 3:35 am

This is a close-up view of the Indiana Repertory Theater. You can read the name, Publix Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 8, 2007 at 11:46 pm

Here is an updated link for the Indiana Repertory Theater. This theater was also known as the Publix Theater.

Ron3853 on January 11, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Films which played at the Indiana Theater from October 1, 1961 through December 31, 1975. The Indiana went from being an elite Cinerama road-show house to showing almost every blaxploitation and kung fu movie that came out, with a few soft-core sexploitation flicks as well. Sad. At least it is still with us.

09/27/61 Seven Wonders of the World
12/06/61 DARK
12/20/61 South Seas Adventure
04/25/62 Search for Paradise
06/06/62 Windjammer
08/15/62 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
01/09/63 The Best of Cinerama
03/20/63 Mutiny on the Bounty
06/12/63 How the West Was Won
06/10/64 It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
12/16/64 Circus World
03/10/65 It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
04/14/65 The Greatest Story Ever Told
10/20/65 The Hallelujah Trail
12/22/65 Battle of the Bulge
04/06/66 The Agony and the Ecstasy
06/29/66 Khartoum
08/17/66 The Blue Max
11/09/66 The Bible
05/17/67 Grand Prix
11/08/67 Gone With the Wind
06/26/68 2001: A Space Odyssey
11/13/68 Ice Station Zebra
03/26/69 Ben-Hur
05/28/69 Hard Contract
06/04/69 The Longest Day
06/18/69 Doctor Zhivago
06/25/69 Che!
07/16/69 Krakatoa, East of Java
09/03/69 Slaves
09/17/69 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly/Hang ‘Em High
09/24/69 Young Billy Young
10/15/69 Alice’s Restaurant
11/19/69 The Libertine
12/03/69 Good Morning and Goodbye
12/17/69 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
03/04/70 Patton
06/24/70 Cotton Comes to Harlem
08/05/70 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
09/09/70 Count Yorga, Vampire
09/16/70 The Landlord
09/23/70 Watermelon Man
10/14/70 It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
11/11/70 a.k.a. Cassius Clay
11/25/70 The McKenzie Break
12/02/70 Whirlpool
12/16/70 Guess who’s Coming to Dinner/To Sir, With Love
12/23/70 Tora! Tora! Tora!
02/10/71 Cromwell
02/24/71 Kama Sutra
03/17/71 His Wife’s Habit
04/07/71 Horror of Frankenstein/Scars of Dracula
04/14/71 Threesome
04/21/71 Groupies/Greetings
04/28/71 The Stewardesses
06/30/71 Escape from the Planet of the Apes
07/14/71 Lawman
07/21/71 Von Richthofen and Brown
07/28/71 The Seven Minutes
08/04/71 A Town Called Hell
08/11/71 The Hunting Party
08/18/71 Big Doll House
08/25/71 Shaft
09/08/71 Daughters of Darkness/The Witchmaker
09/15/71 Soul to Soul
09/29/71 Jennifer on My Mind
10/06/71 Poor White Trash/Shame
10/13/71 See No Evil
10/20/71 The Bus is Coming
10/27/71 2001: A Space Odyssey
11/03/71 Gone With the Wind
11/10/71 Doctor Zhivago
11/17/71 The French Connection
12/15/71 Ryan’s Daughter
12/22/71 Diamonds are Forever
02/02/72 Honky
02/16/72 Willard/ The House That Dripped Blood
02/23/72 Summer of '42/Klute
03/08/72 Lady Frankenstein/Scream of Demon Lover/Velvet Vampire
03/15/72 Doctor Zhivago
03/29/72 Georgia, Georgia
04/26/72 The Concert for Bangladesh
05/10/72 Buck and the Preacher
05/24/72 The Legend of Nigger Charley
06/28/72 Shaft’s Big Score
07/12/72 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
07/26/72 Come Back, Charleston Blue
08/23/72 Super Fly
11/15/72 Trouble Man
11/22/72 Maniacs are Loose
12/20/72 Hit Man
01/24/73 Across 110th Street
02/14/73 Black Gunn
02/28/73 Savage
03/14/73 3D of Greta
03/21/73 The Harder They Come
04/04/73 Trick Baby
04/11/73 What Became of Jack & Jill/Strange Vengeance of Rosalie
04/18/73 Mean Mother
04/25/73 The Young Charmers
05/02/73 Theater of Blood
05/09/73 The Mack
05/23/73 Wattstax
06/13/73 Super Fly TNT
06/27/73 Duel of the Iron Fist
07/04/73 Invasion of the Bee Girls
07/11/73 Scream, Blacula, Scream
07/18/73 And Now the Screaming Starts
07/25/73 Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off
08/01/73 Cleopatra Jones
09/12/73 Fists of the Double K
09/19/73 Gordon’s War
10/03/73 Blackenstein
11/07/73 The Black Six
11/21/73 Coffy/The Mack
12/12/73 The Karate Killer/Duel of the Iron Fist
12/19/73 That Man Bolt
01/16/74 Black Belt Jones
02/06/74 The Dragon’s Vengeance
02/13/74 Sugar Hill
02/27/74 Willie Dynamite
03/20/74 Super Fly/Cleopatra Jones
03/27/74 Crazy Joe
04/03/74 Dragon Lady04/10/74 Foxy Brown
05/01/74 Chinese Hercules
05/08/74 Black Eye
05/22/74 The Take
06/05/74 Sting of the Dragon Masters
06/12/74 The Lightning Swords of Death
06/19/74 Policewoman/Superchick
06/26/74 The Dynamite Brothers
07/03/74 Truck Turner
07/24/74 The Chinese Godfather
08/07/74 The Education of Sonny Carson
08/21/74 Black Samson
09/04/74 Kung Fu Mama
09/11/74 Walking Tall
09/25/74 Forced to Fight
10/02/74 The Steel Edge of Revenge
10/09/74 Amazing Grace
10/23/74 Foxy Brown/Truck Turner
11/06/74 Superspook
11/13/74 Brothers and Sisters in Concert
11/20/74 Enter the Dragon/Black Belt Jones
12/11/74 Terror Circus
12/25/74 Abby
01/22/75 Black Boss (Boss Nigger)
02/12/75 Bogard
02/26/75 The Black Hooker
03/12/75 Revolt of the Dragon/The Dragon’s Vengeance
03/26/75 Sheba, Baby
04/02/75 Super Man Chu
04/16/75 Impulse
04/30/75 The Dragon Squad
05/07/75 The House on Skull Mountain/The Dragon Strikes Back
05/14/75 Challenge of the Dragon/Together Brothers
05/21/75 Cornbread, Earl, and Me
05/28/75 Candy Tangerine Man
06/04/75 Dolemite
06/25/75 Cooley High
07/02/75 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre/The Reutrn of the Dragon
07/16/75 Death Race 2000
07/23/75 Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold
08/06/75 Bucktown
08/20/75 Darktown Strutters
08/27/75 The Dragon Flies
09/03/75 Enter the Dragon
09/17/75 Bruce Lee and I/Seven Blows of the Dragon
10/01/75 Return of the Street Fighter
10/08/75 Black Brother, Black Sister
10/15/75 Let’s Do It Again
12/03/75 Shanghai Joe
12/10/75 Return of the Panther/The Dragon Squad
12/24/75 Friday Foster

Ron3853 on January 11, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Films which played at the Indiana Theater from December 16, 1959 through December 31, 1960.

12/16/59 1001 Arabian Nights/The Flying Fontaines
12/23/59 Journey to the Center of the Earth
01/27/60 Goliath and the Barbarians
02/10/60 The Tingler
02/17/60 Jack the Ripper/The Big Night
02/24/60 Sink the Bismarck
03/02/60 Toby Tyler
03/23/60 The Warrior and the Slave Girl/Yesterday’s Enemy
03/30/60 Samson and Delilah/Ulysses
04/06/60 Kidnapped
04/13/60 The Snow Queen/Circus Stars
04/20/60 The Purple Gang/Atomic Submarine
04/27/60 Cell Block 2455/Escape from San Quentin
05/04/60 Guns of the Timberland/The Rise & Fall of Legs Diamond
05/11/60 The Angry Red Planet/13 Fighting Men
05/18/60 Killers of Kilimanjaro/Comanche Station
05/25/60 The Cossacks/Four Fast Guns
06/01/60 The Greatest Show on Earth
06/08/60 Ma Barker
06/15/60 Hannibal/In the Wake of a Stranger
06/22/60 The Stranglers of Bombay/The Electronic Monster
06/29/60 Circus of Horrors/The Transparent Man
07/06/60 The Bellboy/Hoppity Goes to Town
07/20/60 Hercules Unchained/Tarzan the Magnificent
08/03/60 The Lost World/Miracle of the Hills
08/10/60 Stop! Look! Laugh!/My Dog Buddy
08/17/60 College Confidential/Between Time and Eternity
08/24/60 13 Ghosts/Murder Reported
09/07/60 DARK
09/28/60 This is Cinerama

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 13, 2006 at 2:48 pm

Here are some photos of the Indiana Theater during its Cinerama days.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2006 at 9:26 pm

This theater is known as the Indiana Repertory Theatre. This is their website. Click on the photos on the left side of the page.

tomdelay on March 20, 2005 at 7:06 am

Error! I was NOT in the Indiana in 1977! I was in the theatre in July of 1972 while the house was still in operation. The organ was removed in 1977 or so.