Alhambra Theatorium, Evansville (Vanderburgh)

The Alhambra, designed by Frank J. Schlotter, opened in 1913. The 350 seat theater was built within a local neighborhood rather than a commercial area. It only took 120 days to construct the Alhambra with a final cost of $18,000. Schlotter utilized Moorish elements to embellish the theater.

It served as a movie theater in 1956 and then was used sporadically over the years. In 1994 a major exterior restoration began. The intention was to convert it into a community playhouse. However, a variety of events occurred resulting in a 2003 Sheriff’s Sale. The group of local citizens formed Alhambra Theatre Inc and purchased the theater. The organization has placed a protective covenant on the theater and future plans include completing the interior restoration and create a multi-use facility in the neighborhood.

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Alhambra Pre-Restoration

Alhambra Pre-Restoration

Front view of the Alhambra Theater prior to major restoration in 1994. Image courtesy of Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology | Source: Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology View File Details Page

Alhambra Theater Post-Restoration

Alhambra Theater Post-Restoration

Front view of the Alhambra Theater post exterior renovation. 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:

50 Adams Avenue
Evansville, IN 47713 [map]

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Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology , “Alhambra Theatorium, Evansville (Vanderburgh),” Discover Indiana, accessed October 22, 2017, http://indyhist.iupui.edu/items/show/163.

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