Embassy Theater, Fort Wayne (Allen County)

Originally called the Emboyd Theater, the theater opened in 1928 with 3100 seats. Given the $1.5 million price tag, opulence reigned throughout the building. However not all the extravagance was visible. The Emboyd contained a state-of-the-art 200-ton steel girder system to support the balcony, an air conditioning system and 1150 organ pipes flanked the stage.

In 1952 the name was changed to the Embassy Theater and it continued with live shows and movies. From 1952-1972 the focus shifted to movies but the popularity of going to see a movie downtown was waning. The owners decided that it would be more profitable to tear down the theater and make a parking lot than to maintain the building. Fortunately the community rallied and formed the Embassy Theatre Foundation. The foundation sponsored a major renovation in 1995 and continues to maintain the building.

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Embassy Theater Auditorium

Embassy Theater Auditorium

This view of the auditorium demonstrates the opulence and grandeur of the Embassy Theater. Image courtesy of Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology | Source: Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology View File Details Page

Ceiling in Embassy Theater

Ceiling in Embassy Theater

Don't forget to look up while visiting the Embassy Theater. The rotunda and ceiling provide a great view! Image courtesy of the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology | Source: Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology View File Details Page

Street Address:

125 West Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Official Website:

http://www.fwembassytheatre.org/home.htm

Cite this Page:

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology , “Embassy Theater, Fort Wayne (Allen County),” Discover Indiana, accessed August 23, 2017, http://indyhist.iupui.edu/items/show/160.
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