Randall Galvin Oral History Interview
October 24, 1973 & May 9, 1975
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Erica Sgroi, March 2013
Randall Galvin was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Southport High School in Indianapolis and Indiana University completing a Masters of Theater Arts. He taught at a high school in Chevy Chase, Maryland and then at Butler University for one year before attending Graduate school at the University of Iowa. After one semester at the University of Iowa, Galvin decided that his interest was more in theater than education and he returned to Indianapolis. Galvin opened the first dinner theatre in Indianapolis in July of 1967, named the Black Curtain Theatre located at 21st and Talbott Street.
He married Karen Lucas from Lebanon, Indiana and the couple had two children, Roxanne and Matthew Randolph.
Information Found within Collection
Scope and Content:
The collection consists of an oral history transcript of two interviews with Randall Galvin and Susan Bell of the Indiana State Library. In the first interview Galvin tells how he came to own the Black Curtain Dinner Theatre and how he dealt with the renovations. The second volume consists of detailed accounts of costs and expenses of operating the theatre, as well as advice for newcomers to the theatre business.
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Folder and Item Listing:
October 24, 1973 & May 9, 1975 Randall Galvin Oral History Transcript
Size of Collection: I transcript
Collection Dates: Interview Dates: October 24, 1973 & May 9, 1975
Provenance: Indiana State Library
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
MA BA 5-7-2013