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Indiana Theatre, Terre Haute

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Theater · Concert / Show
The historically registered Indiana Theatre opened its doors on January 28, 1922 on the corner of 7th Street and Ohio Street. Tickets were sold for a mere 40 cents at the time. The silent film “Cappy Ricks” produced by Paramount Pictures’ was the starring attraction that night, accompanied by the Indiana Symphonic Orchestra. Though some things have changed since that historic night, the magic created then continues today.

The Indiana Theatre not only holds a special place in the hearts of Terre Hauteans; it also holds a unique place in history as the first prototype for atmospheric theater design. Famed architect John Eberson – creator of the atmospheric style of architecture that would later take America by storm – incorporated his atmospheric concepts into the Indiana Theatre by bringing the outdoors in through stylized motifs, color, and lighting. As the original owner T.W. Barhydt put it, the Indiana Theatre is “more than a theater, more than a picture show, more than a great orchestral concert, more than a building of architectural beauty and comfort,” it was an experience all its own. As a guest enters and walks through the Theatre, he is embraced by lighting and colors that emulate the lifecycle of day created through patterns and colors inspired by 17th century Spanish Andalusia. In the Rotunda the colors shift from light pastel in the churriguerisque to fierce reds and golds of a sunrise in the railing, leaving the remnants of dawn in the deep burgundys of the dome sky.

Guided into the promenade, the Lobby acts as the transitory stage of daytime, decorated by 38 male and female statues along both sides and an ornate ceiling with even more faces to fill the lobby with life. Entering into the mystery of nightfall in the Auditorium, the guest experiences the deep tones of reds, blues, and browns against the vibrant atmospheric lighting system which has evolved since the original state-of-of-the-art 1922 system.
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  • I remember going to this theatre as a kid and still enjoy the historical feel it has. There is not a bad seat in the house.  more »
  • I have been to a Wedding a Musical Event at this lovely place. The architecture is awesome! So pretty. Great for any event.  more »
  • They need to replace the old seats in this theater!!!! Other than that, it’s a cool old building!!! Wish they still played movies there!!!!  more »
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  • Very nice and vintage looking I really loved it My niece&the class 2019 masters&bachelors scholars had their 🙏🏾Black Congratulatory Awards Ceremony🙏🏾 there......it was tooooo lit!!! 5 thumbs up 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
  • Saw a great Christmas concert here by a group similar to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra , venue was great, unfortunately it wasn't a packed house so this group probably won't come back to Terre Haute. The theater looked wonderful inside they've done a nice job restoring it, definitely worth going to see.
  • What a beautiful venue!!! Vintage sheek all the way. I was a speaker and the facility was nice and people where friendly and super helpful.
  • Very unique and historical building. Very pretty inside.
  • The Home Of Our Legendary Late Night Host Sammy Terry!! I Loved Him& Will Miss Him 😥He Will Always Be In Our Hearts.##R.I.P. Robert "Bob" Carter##

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