Interior, Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, IND.

When the Circle Theatre opened in 1916 on Monument Circle, it was a movie theater grand enough to write home about. Today, the Hilbert Circle Theater at 45 Monument Circle is home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., May 15 – 3 PM

May 15, 1918

Dear Mother,
This is where we would shine. Fred and I were here twice and it was great. I think we will stay here for a little while. I like it real well. We are still at Hotel Severin. Will change tonight. Will go with Minnie at the Plaza for a little while till we can find a apt. of our own. We are going showing (?) one of these nights.
Your kiddies,
Fred and Lou

Addressed to:
Mrs. Feora Miller
118 E. Creedmore Ave.
Barberton, Ohio


This penny post was sent two years after the Circle Theatre opened its doors.


The interior of the Grand Auditorium today bears a striking resemblance to the movie theater when it opened 98 years ago.
image: courtesy of the Hilbert Circle Theater

A penny for your thoughts … What memorable shows or performances do you recall from the Circle Theatre (or the Hilbert Circle Theater)?

And what do you think that last sentence says? Is it “showing”–some term for seeing shows, perhaps? Or something else?

Curious about more Indianapolis theater history? Check out A Room with a View – Metropolitan Hall: Indianapolis’ First Theater.