FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - It all started back in 1928. At that time a night out on the town, especially to The Embassy, was a big deal. Today, the theatre is still looked at as a community staple.
The Embassy Theatre originally opened as the Emboyd, a name honoring the owner's mother- Emily Boyd. In the 50's the name changed when the theatre was sold to The Embassy. What you see now, is what it's always been. "We've maintained the plasterwork but this is the original historic elements that you see throughout the theatre," John Hughey, marketing manager, said.
But there was a time the future was uncertain. The theatre was almost shut down in the 70's following a trend many fell into."We saw a lot of suburban growth during that time. And the theatre was opened as a movie house and so modern theatres came in and they took a lot of the customer base away from downtown."
But through rallies and fundraisers, the community purchased the theatre and formed the nonprofit to produce live shows, saving it from going under. "The Embassy was the last historic theatre and the community did not want to see this space turned into a parking lot."
Development took off around the theatre after that, and hasn't stopped. You can see the growth almost daily. At the center of it, The Embassy Theatre rests. "It's a real social event. It's a way to bring families together as well and you see that with all the development downtown. People want to be in downtown Fort Wayne and we're just proud to be a part of that as well."
Calendar listings - full lineup available here.
90th Anniversary Community Celebration: May 19, 7 p.m.
Theater organist Mark Herman leads the celebration on the Grande Page pipe organ, with emcees Brad Beauchamp and Larry Bower, Farmland Jazz Band, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Entertainment includes vaudeville stage acts, musical performances, and “Haunted House,” a black-and-white movie starring Buster Keaton. Tickets: $9. Available for purchase at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy, TicketMaster.com and 800.745.3000. Part of the Embassy’s 90th Anniversary season brought to you by Sweetwater and Chuck and Lisa Surack, and presented by Mutual Bank.
90 Years of Film: A nostalgic series celebrating the Embassy’s historic past
The Embassy staff picked movies from the past 90 years, representing every decade in the theater’s lifetime. The films are childhood favorites. Guests are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character or singalong to the soundtrack. Plus, each movie includes a pre-show Grande Page organ performance. The film series is sponsored by Ambassador Enterprises and is part of the Embassy’s 90th Anniversary season presented by Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater, the Embassy Theatre and Fort Wayne Cinema Center, with sponsorship by Markey’s Rental & Staging. Tickets: $10 (single tickets). Available for purchase at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy, TicketMaster.com and 800.745.3000
Wings (1927) June 17, 2:30 p.m. – matinee
Independence Day (1996) July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.
The Sound of Music (1965) Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
SPECIAL FESTIVAL OF TREES SCREENING (not available for single ticket purchase, included in festival admission)
White Christmas (1954)
Thanksgiving Day 2018: Nov. 22, TBD