Lafayette Highway Outside Theater razed to make approach for procuring plaza


INDIANAPOLIS — For almost three many years, Hoosier moviegoers flocked to the Lafayette Highway Outside Theater.

The drive-in was situated on a 19-acre website nestled between Georgetown and Lafayette Roads, simply north of thirty eighth Road. It opened in August 1953, displaying movies like “Invasion, U.S.A.” and “Siren of Bagdad.”

However like all movies, the tip comes eventually.

The Lafayette Highway Outside Theater had its ultimate showings in June 1982 displaying motion pictures like “Goin’ All The Method” and “The Seaside Women.”

WRTV reporter Phil Ponce talked with disillusioned clients in regards to the theater’s closing.

“I feel it ought to remain open,” stated one man. “It’s one of many few that’s actually shut round right here.”

One other buyer had a extra pragmatic response.

“In the event that they earn a living with it, they need to maintain it open. But when they don’t, put the land to higher use.”

Finally, the choice to shut the theater got here all the way down to land use. Builders noticed the parcel’s site visitors quantity as a chance to construct a procuring plaza.

The Northwest Market procuring plaza at 4620 West thirty eighth Road now stands the place the Lafayette Highway Outside Theater as soon as stood.


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