The Park Theatre Civic Centre is the gem of North Vernon, Indiana: a performing arts venue, a classic movie house, a civic gathering place and a focal point of a renewed, historic Hoosier downtown.
Originally opened in 1916, this stage saw performances from vaudeville acts to silent films. Open primarily as a movie house through the 1940s and 1950s, it closed in the 1960s as business declined and larger movie theaters opened in the surrounding counties.
In the 1990s, a group of civic-minded individuals formed a not-for-profit organization to renovate this majestic venue back to working condition and would eventually usher it into an era bigger and better than it ever was before. A $1.3 million renovation was completed in 2003. Opening its doors in October of that year, it has become the focal point of a revitalized historic Downtown North Vernon that continues to flourish today.
Today it features a 330 seat auditorium with a wrap-around balcony, a full stage, state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, a full and separate concession stand with bar seating. Many old features have been preserved, including a beautiful brick wall, original tin ceiling and original art-deco lighting.