Pastime Theatre

12 S. 6th Street,
Richmond, IN 47374

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This theatre briefly operated in part of an old brick building constructed sometime before 1886.

As built, it was a simple two-story structure with a smaller one story annex on the south side. The Pastime Theatre would have been located in the southern storefront of the two story portion.

Shown selling produce on the 1901 map, by 1908 it was being operated by N.D. Langer, showing 15 features daily. The space is likewise shown as a store on the 1909 map.

The building remains on the 1955 map, but this entire block has been destroyed and replaced by parking lots and a small bank.

Thanks to Ken Roe for alerting me to this one.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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SethG on April 14, 2021 at 1:56 pm

To be fair to Richmond, this theater was badly damaged in a huge gas explosion that took place under a sporting goods store located up on the corner of 6th and Main. The gas explosion was followed by the gunpowder stored in the basement of Marting Arms. The local gas company had been grossly negligent, as had the sporting goods store, and 41 people died. 21 buildings near the site were condemned. This took place April 6, 1968.

SethG on April 14, 2021 at 1:59 pm

The building this theater had been in was located just behind an old commercial building on the corner of 6th and Main. It housed Vigran’s Variety Store, and was directly across 6th from Marting Arms. The explosion obliterated it, and all inside died. An aerial photo of the aftermath shows that this building was reduced to a roofless shell. It must have been demolished shortly thereafter.

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