Crump Theatre

425 Third Street,
Columbus, IN 47201

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Crump Theatre (Official)

Additional Info

Architects: Alden Meranda

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Crump's Opera House

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 812.376.6363

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In a building dating to 1874, John Crump opened his Opera House on October 30, 1889. In 1914, the first movies were shown, and not long afterwards, the Opera House was renamed the Crump Theatre.

In 1934, seating was increased when the orchestra pit was removed, and the same year, the Crump Theatre was nearly renamed the ‘Ritz’.

The Crump Theatre underwent a thorough renovation in 1941, to the plans of architect Alden Meranda. It was redesigned in Art Moderne style, including its dramatic facade, with its two-story tall vertical marquee, illuminated by chaser lights.

The Crump Theatre remained popular for decades, until declining ticket sales forced the theater to close in 1987. That year, the old theater came close to being demolished, but fortunately was spared.

Since 2001, the Crump Theatre has been undergoing a restoration project, with the facade’s repairs completed by late-2001, it’s marquee lit up for the first time in many years during that year’s holiday season.

More information about the Crump Theatre can be found at the Heritage Fund Community Foundation (812) 376-7772

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

DavidZornig on December 10, 2008 at 11:59 pm

The Crump Theatre marquee was used in the promos for an upcoming BIO Channel presentation about Indiana native and singer John Mellencamp. Presumably the concert footage used in the piece was shot at the Crump as well. The interior appears to be a smaller, intimate concert setting.

CSWalczak on January 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

There’s a history of the Crump on this blog page: View link

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Nice big marquee at the Crump.

Aerinea on May 31, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I took these pictures today: View link

TLSLOEWS on May 31, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Nice photos of The CRUMP Aerinea.

jteaford06 on November 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Over the past year, the theatre has been used for theatrical productions, country music shows, and heavy metal shows, as well as private functions such as being rented out by paranormal investigation groups. The current seating capacity of the theatre is 602. Much of the theatre has been or is in the process of being restored. The theatre has held between 20-50 events per year over the past three years.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Love the marquee,thanks for the update jteafordd06.

DavidZornig on May 10, 2015 at 10:37 pm

Crump book cover and copy added to Photos Section from author David Sechrest, via the Historic Columbus, Indiana Facebook page.

Have you read my award winning book, Columbus Indiana’s Historic Crump Theatre? You can get your autographed copy at Viewpoint Books, and/or the Visitor Center. It is also available as an e-book through most online book sellers, and last but by no means least, the Bartholomew County Public Library has copies available. 50% of the proceeds from book sales go directly to the Crump Theatre.

rivest266 on June 5, 2016 at 2:36 am

October 30th, 1889 grand opening ad in photo section.

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