The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre

The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre

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The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre recounts the rescue from demolition and subsequent restoration of Fort Wayne's largest movie palace and vaudeville house. Lavish and ornate, the theatre was famous for its Grande Page Pipe Organ. Installed in 1928 - with more than 1,000 pipes - it is one of only three instruments of such magnitude to be built by the Page Organ Company of Lima, Ohio. Faced with the loss of a truly beautiful and rare historical landmark, local activists joined together in the 1970s to establish the Embassy Theatre Foundation, which purchased the abandoned theatre and worked toward its faithful restoration and eventual reopening in 1996 as a performing arts centre and venue for Broadway shows. Much to the delight of patrons, "Miss Page" was completely restored and continues to play at concerts, film series interludes, and during the theatre's Yuletide Festival of Trees. Generously illustrated with colour photos of the historic restoration, this book is sure to appeal to architectural and urban preservationists as well as regional historians.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 120 pages
  • 185.42 x 256.54 x 20.32mm | 566.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 48 color illus., 46 halftones
  • 0253313694
  • 9780253313690

Review quote

"The photos alone make the book. It helps Indiana take its rightful place as a great state of music and theatre lovers." Donn P. Werling, Executive Director, Allen County/Fort Wayne Historical Society "This book will be of great importance to regional historians, as well as fans of stage performance, pipe organs, and preservationist efforts everywhere." Thomas Castaldi, author of Wabash & Erie Canal, Notebook III: Wabash and Miami Countiesshow more

About Dyne Pfeffenberger

Dyne L. Pfeffenberger (1937-2009) was Professor Emeritus of Accounting at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. An original member of the organization that formed to save and restore the theatre, Pfeffenberger was the historian for the Embassy Theatre and played the organ and piano at Embassy functions."show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Chronology; Introduction 1. The Theatre; 2. The Organ; 3. The Performers; 4. The Indiana Hotel; 5. The Foundation; 6. The Peopleshow more

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