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The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters
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Opening a window on a storied past, longtime Indianapolis television journalist and lifelong theatergoer Howard Caldwell presents the story of the magnificent theaters of Indianapolis. Caldwell shares with us the pleasure these majestic spaces brought to thousands of Hoosiers during their glory days -- when an outing to the theater was a special event and film was still a marvel of technology. He discusses the roles played by the greatest stars of the day and relates the origins of Indy's famous theaters: the Murat, the Circle, the Indiana, the English, and the Lyric, to name a few. Caldwell points out which theaters featured burlesque shows and vaudeville routines, explores the traditions of regional and national theater productions, notes when the first motion pictures and talkies came to town, and highlights old time musical reviews and symphonic performances. Vividly illustrated with rare photos and anecdotes, The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters celebrates the city's rich theater tradition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication Page
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Birth of a Theater Buff
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 2. Theater One and What Happened Before
  2. pp. 6-12
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  1. 3. A War’s Effect and Another Theater Is Born
  2. pp. 14-19
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  1. 4. Theater Count Briefly Jumps to Three
  2. pp. 20-27
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  1. 5. English’s Opera House and Its Impact
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. 6. The 1890s and Its Seeds of Change
  2. pp. 40-48
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  1. 7. Theater Enhancement and the Gentle Intrusion of Moving Pictures
  2. pp. 50-59
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  1. 8. English’s and the Grand Lead the Growing Theater Parade
  2. pp. 60-69
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  1. 9. The Shuberts Come to Town as the Theater Competition Grows
  2. pp. 70-81
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  1. 10. City’s First Movie Palace Enhances Respectability of Going to the Movies
  2. pp. 82-92
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  1. 11. The 1920s and the Birth of New Challenges
  2. pp. 94-109
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  1. 12. The Silent Film Era’s Finale
  2. pp. 110-123
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  1. 13. Sound Moves in with a Vengeance
  2. pp. 124-135
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  1. 14. The 1930s and Its Challenges
  2. pp. 136-149
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  1. 15. The 1930s and Its Challenges II
  2. pp. 150-163
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  1. 16. The Rest of the 1930s Survivors
  2. pp. 164-175
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  1. 17. The 1940s, a Decade of Success and Sadness
  2. pp. 176-187
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  1. 18. The 1950s Bring Changes and New Competition
  2. pp. 188-199
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  1. 19. A Brief Look at What Happened Next
  2. pp. 200-204
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 205-208
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