Muncie Civic Theatre
216 E. Main Street,
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Muncie Civic Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Y. & W. Management Corp.
Functions: Community Arts Center
Previous Names: Star Theatre, Popular Star Theatre, Hoosier Theatre
This theatre in downtown Muncie has long been been a cultural mainstay throughout a series of economic booms and busts. It originally opened September 5, 1904 as the Star Theatre, a vaudeville house. It became the Popular Star Theatre from 1906 to 1925 when it reverted back to the Star Theatre name and was later equipped for ‘talkies’.
It was renamed the Hoosier Theatre on May 6, 1935, remaining in operation as a movie house until its closure in 1954. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, the Hoosier Theatre was part of the Y & W chain. It was closed July 20, 1955. It reopened in 1961 as the Muncie Civic Theatre.
The Civic Theatre is still a popular venue for local actors and community productions.
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