TERRE HAUTE —
The Indiana Theatre in downtown Terre Haute is under new ownership with a new purpose.
“I still believe there is magic in this building and we think we can bring it back,” said new owner Rob Lundstrom, who owns the Copper Bar and Louise’s Italian Fine Dining.
The facility will now be operated as the Indiana Theatre Event Center, hosting weddings and rehearsal dinners/receptions, private parties and dinner events, corporate meetings/conferences/training/private holiday parties, private movie shows and stage shows, concerts and live entertainment, fundraising events and theatrical productions among other events.
It will be operated in partnership with affiliated operations at The Copper Bar and Louise’s.
“This really gives us a dedicated facility” for events and catering, Lundstrom said. “We will consider allowing other caterers in and not be exclusive to ourselves, at least not at this point.”
Lundstrom said there is no intention to place Louise’s in the building as a dining operation. “We have other opportunities we are still looking at for Louise’s.” he said. “We never rule anything out, but that is not our intention at this point.”
The theater lobby will become a 200-person dining room with access to the 1,674-seat auditorium.
“I am going to be very particular about retaining the character of the building,” Lundstrom said. “There might be a few things we will look at within the auditorium, but in no way, shape or form are we going to dismantle the auditorium,” Lundstrom said.
The event center will have some immediate changes, such as the concession stand, which will be upgraded to serve for both concessions and as a service bar, Lundstrom said.
“Nothing that will change the character and the historical significance and architecture, but modern amenities that will give it more capabilities,” he said.
The theater is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
The building has already hosted two events since Lundstrom obtained the keys on Friday.
“I feel that there is a lot of pent up community interest in having a vibrant activity and event center downtown,” Lundstrom said. “That is not to knock anything that is available. The Ohio Building is a great facility and there is Indiana State [University] and other people. We just think this is a unique facility given the fact you can combine a dining hall and lobby area with an auditorium.”
Commercial spaces fronting Seventh Street in the building can be developed in the future, Lundstrom said. However, there are no current plans to renovate those areas.
“We do think there is a lot of potential,” he said, “and depending on how fast and how successful we can grow it, it is not out of the realm of possibilities to expand over and connect that space with us to have whole use of the facility,” Lundstrom said.
Lundstrom formed Indiana Theatre LLC on March 23, according to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office. Indiana Theatre LLC purchased the building from KAE Corp. owners Roger and Kathy Aleshire for $200,000 on April 26, county records show.
KAE Corp. purchased the building in October 2003, for $179,000 from Webtag Corp., which included local owners Earl and Tina Elliott, Debbie and Robert Gurman, and Mark and Gayla Thiemann. Other previous owners include William Decker, a former county treasurer and county commissioner, who bought the theater in 1990 from United Artists.
The original Terre Haute owner was T. W. Barhydt. Indianapolis builder John Shumacker Co. completed the building at a cost of $750,000. It opened Jan. 28, 1922. It was designed by famed theater architect John Eberson in Spanish Andalusian style. The theater was originally affiliated with Paramount Studios. The two-story building has 31,646 square feet.
Indiana Theatre Event Center can be reached for facility rental and catering at 812-870-4612 or Info@IndianaTheatre.com.
Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or email@example.com.
Indiana Theatre to be showcased with new purpose
TERRE HAUTE —
The Indiana Theatre in downtown Terre Haute is under new ownership with a new purpose.
- Local & Bistate
Purdue shooting leaves one person dead
A Purdue University engineering student opened fire inside a basement classroom Tuesday, killing a teaching assistant and prompting officials to put the campus on lockdown, police and the university said.
Inmates part of new Legion post
Wearing khaki-colored matching uniforms, more than 20 veterans inside a maximum-security prison stood tall to salute the flag of the United States at an event that welcomed them as new American Legion members.
THS grad Miller among students in adjacent building when shooting occurs
Kris Miller and his roommate were in a computer lab of Purdue’s mechanical engineering building Tuesday when they received a call that a shooting had occurred next door.
Bosma moves gay marriage ban bill to friendlier committee
Republican House of Representatives Speaker Brian Bosma sent a bill that proposes a constitutional ban on gay marriage to a more conservative-leaning legislature committee Tuesday, because it lacked support on the first committee to which it was assigned.
We enter the deep freeze again
If you had to step outside to get your newspaper this morning, you might have noticed it’s painfully cold once again.
Levy redirects school funds
If the new “protected levy” legislation goes into effect later this year, it would mean “a substantial reduction” in revenue for Vigo County School Corp. bus transportation, capital projects and bus replacement funds, according to the district’s chief financial officer.
School debt levy redirects funds across Indiana
School officials and state legislators from around the state are searching for ways to keep the school buses running — and children safe on the streets — pending the loss of millions of dollars for school transportation.
More than 50 school districts in Indiana stand to lose at least 20 percent of their revenues for transportation, new buses and other big-ticket projects under a new law that requires them to first pay off their debts.
VIDEO: Sen. Donnelly updates T-S editorial board
Passage of a long overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed by the end of this month, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said Tuesday.
Vigo coroner tries again for salary increase
After being denied last year, Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos is again seeking to have her county salary increased to match that of several other county office holders.
Putnam deputy released; April trial set
A Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy accused in federal criminal cases of excessive force against suspects in four arrests has been released to pre-trial supervision.
Parent group hoping to keep day care open
When Grace Finley takes her 4-year-old son to The Woods Day Care/Pre-School, she is reassured knowing that he’s receiving quality care, he’s safe and he’s loved. So when she, and other parents, learned Wednesday that the nationally accredited program is scheduled to close June 6, they were stunned by the news.
SCORE gets new home base
The Greater Wabash Valley SCORE Chapter 661 has moved to the former Indiana State Police Post building at the southwest corner of U.S. 41 and Jessica Drive on the Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley campus.
Mayor Bennett drops veto threat over financial consultant
Mayor Duke Bennett has dropped a threat to use his veto power in the matter of the Terre Haute City Council seeking to hire its own financial consultant.
Gas leak closes city streets
A natural gas leak caused the temporary evacuation of three homes in Terre Haute on Thursday morning.
Police records provide details into arrests in case
Police records provide more details of four arrests that are at the center of federal civil rights abuse allegations against a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy.
Law firm to provide free cab rides home from St. Pat’s Day celebrations
Terre Haute law firm Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourages St. Patrick’s Day revelers to make smart decisions for this year’s festivities. The firm will offer free cab rides to adults who have had one too many drinks on March 15 and 17.
Pence signs military relief fund changes into law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a measure allowing more of Indiana’s veterans and their families access to a fund that helps them pay for food, housing and other expenses.
Vigo County Jail Log: March 13, 2014
The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Wednesday and Thursday, based on jail records.
Vectren repairs natural gas leak near 16th and Crawford
A natural gas leak caused the temporary evacuation of three homes in Terre Haute earlier today.
New lawsuit challenges Indiana gay marriage ban
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages faces a new challenge in a lawsuit filed by a national gay rights group.
Sentencing overhaul passes Indiana Legislature
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A sweeping overhaul of Indiana’s criminal sentencing law is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence for final approval.
Putnam deputy released from jail, awaits trial on federal charges
Terry Joe “T.J.” Smith, the Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy who has been indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations of deprivation of civil rights in his police duties, has been released from jail as he awaits trial.
Indiana lawmakers eyeing roads, preschool deals
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Votes on deals to spend heavily on new road construction and a preschool pilot program are expected to dominate the final day of this year’s legislative session in Indiana on Thursday, March 13.
MARK BENNETT: First BaconFest sure to cure your salty fried meat cravings
Bacon taught me a life lesson.
I wrapped strips of it around chicken livers and secured the cold, gooey bundles with toothpicks to earn money.
New rules may keep moped riders on road
Rep. Dave Wolkins could oppose moped regulations for only so long, as more bikes zipped along the roads and were involved in an increasing number of accidents.
Nearly half of Indiana students get meal aid
Nearly 50 percent of Indiana public school students receive free or reduced-cost meals through the federal school-lunch program.
Hearing date set for Dugger charter school
The Indiana Charter School Board is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on April 8 related to a proposed charter school for the Dugger-Union Community School Corp.
Sullivan County ambulance overturns on Interstate 70
Two Sullivan County emergency medical technicians were treated and released from Terre Haute Regional Hospital after their ambulance rolled over in the median of Interstate 70, about 1 mile east of the Indiana 46 exit on Wednesday afternoon.
New trustee appointed to Indiana State board
Kathleen G. Cabello, president and co-founder of Cabello Associates Inc., has been appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana State University Board of Trustees.
Car from home invasion recovered
A stolen vehicle believed to have been used by suspects in a March 4 home invasion has been recovered.
- More Local & Bistate Headlines
- Purdue shooting leaves one person dead