Indianapolis Theatres and Performing Arts Venues

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••• The Indiana Repertory Theatre is home to quality theatre throughout the year. Raymond Burns/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Indianapolis is home to a wealth of venues for the performing arts. The following theatres offer plays, Broadway hits, musicals, concerts, and other live performances to Indy theater goers. Check the theatres' websites for the latest info on upcoming performances in Indianapolis, showtimes, and tickets.

The Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre

Address: 502 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis 46204
Phone: (317) 231-0000

 

The Old National Centre is one of Indy’s greatest architectural and cultural treasures. The Murat Shrine Temple was constructed in 1909 and the building’s architecture reflects distinct Egyptian and Arabian influences in the arched hallways, copper roofs, and detailed brick patterns, and stunning stained glass windows. In 1911, the Murat had the distinction of showing the first real color film to the public. The stunning Egyptian Room, decorated with elaborate chandeliers and columns covered in hieroglyphics, was added to the building in 1922 to accommodate live performances. The Old National Centre hosted a wide variety of events through the 1950s and 60s, but faced abandonment by the 1990s, when it failed to meet building codes and regulations. A massive renovation in 1995 brought the Old National Centre back to life, and an impressive 85% of the original building was kept intact. Today, the theatre continues to host concerts, musicals, and comedy shows.

 

 

Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University

Address: 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis 46208
Phone: (317) 940-6444
Email: General Info, info@cloweshall.org; Tickets, boxoffice@cloweshall.org

Clowes Memorial Hall, which opened in 1963, serves as a multi-purpose hall for the Indianapolis community and a center for performing arts.

The hall is located on the Butler University campus. Tours of Clowes Memorial Hall are offered Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is free of charge and lasts 45 minutes. Tours must be scheduled at least 14 days in advance by calling (317) 940-9697.

 

The Indiana Repertory Theatre

Address: 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis 46204
Phone: Ticket Office, (317) 635-5252; Admin Office, (317) 635-5277
Email: Ticket Office, Pat Bebee, pbebee@irtlive.com; Admin Office, Kara Moreland, kmoreland@irtlive.com

The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), founded in 1972, is one of the leading regional theatres in the United States. 

The IRT was designated as Indiana’s “Theatre Laureate” in 1991 by Indiana’s General Assembly and is the only professional resident not-for-profit theatre in Indiana. In addition to their annual schedule of ten shows, the IRT also hosts “Meet the Artists” talks, both as a prologue to various shows and as a Sunday Tea Talk, as well as guided tours of the facility, and various classes on acting and theatre. The IRT also encourages new play development by hosting the biennial Bonderman Symposium for adult playwrights and the annual Young Playwrights in Progress workshop for Central Indiana students.

 

Indianapolis Civic Theatre

Address: 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, 46222
Phone: Box Office, (317) 923-4597; Admin Office, (317) 924-6770
Email: General Info, civic@civictheatre.org; Box Office, tickets@civictheatre.org

The Indianapolis Civic Theatre is one of the ten largest community theaters in the United States and has been continuously operating longer than any other community theater in the country. The Indianapolis Civic Theatre is dedicated to fostering a “love of theatre through imagination, education, and participation.” In addition to their Mainstage Season, the theater also provides several education programs.

The Phoenix Theatre

Address: 749 N. Park Avenue, Indianapolis 46202
Phone: Box Office, (317) 635-7529; Admin Office, (317) 635-2381
Email: sgamble@phoenixtheatre.org

The Phoenix Theatre is a professional theatre dedicated to presenting contemporary theatre in an intimate setting. The theatre features two performance stages. The Mainstage seats 130, while the Cabaret-style Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre seats just 75.

Performances for 2009 include The Zippers of Zoomerville and The Dos and Don’ts of Time Travel in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre and References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot and Octopus on the Mainstage.

Asante Children’s Theatre

Address: Cristamore House Multi-Service Center, 502 N. Tremont, Indianapolis 46222
Mailing Address: PO Box 22344, Indianapolis 46222
Phone: (317) 635-7211 x228
Email: KDixon@asantechildrenstheatre.org

The Asante Children’s Theatre (ACT) is a professional theater company dedicated to helping youth develop life skills through participation in music, dance, theater, and storytelling. Family-friendly entertainment is provided by participants ages 12 to 21. ACT’s mission is to preserve African and African-American traditions, and the organization believes that delinquent behavior in young people can be greatly reduced through participation in the arts.

Indianapolis is home to a wealth of venues for the performing arts.

The following theatres offer plays, Broadway hits, musicals, concerts, and other live performances to Indy theater goers. Check the theatres' Web sites for the latest info on upcoming performances, showtimes, and tickets.

The Asante Children’s Theatre Company’s upcoming show Who’s Loving You Now will open in June.

Pike Performing Arts Center

Address: 6701 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, 46268
Phone: Box office, (317) 216-5455; Business office, (317) 216-5455
Email: ppac@pike.k12.in.us

The Pike Performing Arts Center, located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, is a 1,450-seat theatre which hosts a wide variety of events including musical acts, comedy shows, theater, and dance. Some of the 2009 events taking place at the Pike Performing Arts Center include Springs Progress: Darkness to Light performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, and India Ever After and Romeo and Juliet @ the Disco performed by the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.

Theatre on the Square

Address: 627 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis 46204
Phone: (317) 685-8687
Email: No address available, but you can contact them via a form on their Web page

Theatre on the Square is a professionally managed community theatre, founded in 1988. The theatre’s 2009 shows include Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat, a one-woman show by Joni Hilton and Mafia Daughter, a play by Michael J. Ferruzza. Theatre on the Square also hosts Indy Magic Monthly on most first Tuesdays of the month.