The Talbott Theater has housed a variety of entertainment venues at 2143 N. Talbott Street since the mid-1920s. The building was designed by architect George V. Bedell and opened as a 1,042-seat silent movie theater. It replaced a 2 ½-story frame house on the site and was crowded between two houses on a small lot—something that would not be allowed with today’s zoning laws. According to, Talbott Theater was renamed the Coronet Theater in 1956 and the Encore Theater in 1962. In the late 1960s the theater became the Black Curtain Dinner Theater. (Indiana Historical Society, Bass Photo Company #99578-F, 1926)