Miller Theatre

650 S. Lake Street,
Gary, IN 46403

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Architects: Erwin G. Fredrick

Functions: Bank

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Miller Theatre

Located in the Lake County town of Miller, aka Miller Beach, and now annexed to Gary, IN. The Miller Theatre was opened on June 6, 1947. It was still listed in the 1952 edition of Film Daily Yearbook, but had closed by 1955. It is now converted into a Centier Bank.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

The address of the Centier Bank branch now located in the former Miller Theatre building is 650 S. Lake Street. The Miller Historical Society has an early photo of the theater on its Facebook page.

The facade is little changed, aside from the addition of the faux gable and the removal of the vertical sign which once rose from the left corner of the front. The theater didn’t have much of a marquee- just a shallow canopy- probably due to the sidewalk being so narrow. Oddly, there was no attraction board on the front, either. There might have been one on the side of the building facing the parking area.

jalvar on September 1, 2015 at 4:07 am

In the late 40’s the theatre had a movie/stage show policy that I remember seeing as a child. The interior of the theatre was in the Skouras style so popular at the time . It also had a nursery room for small children. The stage show appeared to be to be of the big band type. I doubt that the stage had a fly house as the main curtain was a venetian puff although what did they do with the screen during the stage shows??


Denverpalace on December 3, 2022 at 2:23 pm

The theater seated 760, according to Film Daily Year Book. This might have been a Y&W theater. In January 1946 V.U. Young, who was then president of Y&W Management Corp., purchased a vacant site in Miller.

Denverpalace on December 6, 2022 at 7:53 pm

The plot purchased by V.U. Young was in Miller at Sixth and Lake streets and was to be used to erect an ultra-modern theater.

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