Historic Pantheon Theatre
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 38° 40.673 W 087° 31.815
16S E 453877 N 4281165
Quick Description: Located at 420 Main Street, Vincennes
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 11/12/2021 7:34:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM1598Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Muirwoody
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Long Description:
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A state-of-the art facility, the Pantheon Theatre opened on May 16, 1921 with the Broadway show Midnight Whirl. It provided patrons with news and entertainment, including vaudeville acts and moving pictures like Ben-Hur. The theater's location in the region facilitated the exchange of arts and culture, like African American folk music performed by composer W.C. Handy.
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In his youth, comedian and Vincennes native Red Skelton explored his budding interest in performance at the Pantheon Theatre, acting in a 1929 minstrel show. He performed there again in 1939 after achieving commercial success. The theater drew other renowned entertainers, such as jazz composer Duke Ellington, conductor John Phillip Sousa, and blues singer Sara Martin.

Indiana Historical Bureau, The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, and the Vincennes/Knox County Visitors and Tourism Bureau
County: Knox County

Year Placed: 2021

Name: Historic Pantheon Theatre

ID#: 42.2021.1

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