Times Cinema

618 Main Street,
Rochester, IN 46975

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Previously operated by: Alliance Theater Corp.

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Char-Bell Theatre, Times Theatre, Times 2 Theatre

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Times Cinema

The Char-Bell opened in 1924, on Main Street in Rochester. The name comes from its first owners, Charles and Belle Krieghbaum. The 780-seat theater was constructed in an existing building that formerly housed an auto dealership. Originally, in addition to silent films, the theater hosted ocassional live events. The Char-Bell was renamed the Times in 1942 after it came under new ownership.

The theater closed in 1973, but reopened a year later under new owners. In 1979, the Times was twinned. In 1985, a fire caused damage to the theater. However, the Times Cinema was repaired and remodeled and once again reopened. It remained open until closing on January 1, 2014 when it was unable to afford the cost to convert to digital projection.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

kencmcintyre on December 5, 2008 at 9:02 pm

The theater can be seen on the left in this October 1959 photo from Life Magazine:

SethG on August 17, 2015 at 7:08 am

This theater is closed as of 1/1/14. Digital was too expensive, although they sound like they might try to raise the money and reopen.

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