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Indianapolis Theaters
L520, V417
1915 – 1949
1 mss box, 7 volumes

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Amy L. Baskette, 1999
Re-processed by: Brent Abercrombie, May 2011

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Organizational History:

The Circle Theater opened August 30, 1916 as the first building in Indianapolis built for the purpose of feature length motion pictures. It was the first theater in Indiana to premier “The Jazz Singer,” the first ‘talkie’ movie.

The Indiana Roof Ball Room was built in 1927 as an addition to the Indiana Theater. The Indiana Theater hosted a variety of events including: vaudeville shows, plays, orchestra performances, feature full-length motion pictures, and swing dances.

William H. English built the English Theater and Opera House in the 1880’s. The company remained in existence until April 30, 1948.

Sources:
Bodenhamer, David J, Robert G. Barrows, and David G. Vanderstel. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington:Indiana University Press, 1994. Print.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection contains the business record books and inventories for the Indianapolis Theaters: the Circle Theater, Indiana Roof Ball Room, and the English Theater.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1

Folder

 

1.

Circle Theater Inventory, 1916 – 1933

2.

Circle Theater Company Articles of Reorganization, 1937 

3.

Indiana Ball Room Inventory, Dec. 1933 – 1939

4.

Indiana Ball Room Inventory, Aug. 1939

5.

Indiana Ball Room Inventory, Aug. 1939 by John F. Clark

6.

Indiana Ball Room Inventory, Oct. 1, 1940

7.

English Theater – Assorted Papers, 1947 – 1949

 

 

Volumes

 

1.

Minutes, Nov. 1915 – Nov. 1929

2.

Trial Balance, 1919 – 1921

3.

Cash Journal, 1924 – 1928

4.

Cash Book, 1926 – 1935

5.

Expense Book, 1933

6.

Inventory, 1936

7.

Circle Theater – Cash Journal, 1916 – 1917

Collection Information

Size of Collection:

1 mss box, 7 folders, 7 volumes

Collection Dates:

1916 – 1949

Provenance:

Unknown

Access :

The collection is open for research use

Restrictions:

None

Reproduction Rights:

Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.

Language:

Materials are entirely in English

Alternate Formats:

None

Related Holdings:

None

Notes: