Delaware Cinema

4833 North Wheeling,
Muncie, IN 47304

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Architects: George Caleb Wright

Firms: Wright, Porteous & Lowe

Functions: Bingo Hall

Styles: Colonial Revival

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Delaware Cinema

The northside Delaware Cinema opened December 6, 1968 for Mallers Theater Group circuit with “Coogan’s Bluff”. The $500,000 cinema was designed by the Indianapolis architectural firm of Wright, Porteous, and Lowe as a Colonial style theatre at the outer edge of a strip mall, the Halteman Village Shopping Center (later renamed the Country Village Shopping Center). The 868-seat facility would be described as a road-show quality luxury theatre playing films at popular prices.

Equipped with 70mm at opening, the cinema had automatic masking with its 54' by 24' screen and new Ashcraft projectors. Bathed in blue color, the theatre was the first modern Muncie movie house with the previous theatre built just after World War II.

Hits included “The Godfather” with a two month run and “Jaws”. In 1976, the Delaware Cinema was chopped into a duplex as was the Rivoli Theatre. Upon reopening on November 19, 1976, the seat count only dropped to 830 seats with Cinema I having 540 and Cinema II having 290. The theatre went with automated projection to accommodate the doubling of screenings.

After a neighboring store went out of business, the Delaware Cinema expanded to three screens in April of 1989 with a 240-seat new built auditorium. The theater would continue for another 17 years. It next became a bingo hall.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

davidcoppock on January 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

“Why is called Delaware Cinema, its not in the state of Delaware!?”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2017 at 1:13 am

davidcoppock: Muncie is the county seat of Delaware County, Indiana.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2017 at 1:42 am

The principals of Wright, Porteous & Lowe were George Caleb Wright, his son William Caleb Wright, Alfred John Porteous, and C. Charles Lowe, Jr.

rivest266 on January 24, 2017 at 11:56 pm

better quality ad from 1968

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rivest266 on January 25, 2017 at 12:01 am

3 screens on April 28th, 1989. Only the regular listing ad appeared in the newspaper.

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