Eagles Theater in Wabash: Where Movie Meets Event

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Eagles Theater in Wabash: Where Movie Meets Event

Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana Stage and Screen

Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana Stage and Screen


Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana is an amazing find right downtown.

This Wabash County attraction is not your typical movie theater!

Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana

Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana

Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana


We walked in the doors after a movie let out for a quick peek. I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary, but I was curious since I had more than a few people tell me that I absolutely had to take a look at Eagles Theater.

The red padded plush doors were open and…it was the most amazing movie theater I have seen so far.

Not just one floor, not just two floors, but three floors of seating! The third balcony is not accessible at this time, but that just gives you an idea of how grand the space is.

Wabash, Indiana Movie Theater

This Wabash theater is just incredible. Tall velvety curtains surround a very large screen that hangs above a stage. It makes me think of the old days of movies, when a piano composed the music score and sound effects were created in theater with everyday items. The pastel hues are very old-time.

There are so many seats–I was left wondering how many people could fit in this spacious theater. Want to guess? Are you ready? Once upon a time, the Eagles Theater seated 1200 people (back when the third balcony was open).

But more than that, I wonder how many seats were once filled during the Golden Days of this Wabash theater! I can imagine folks sitting elbow to elbow to watch old films, quietly munching on popcorn in this unique Indiana town. Boisterous kids in the upper balcony. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

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Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana Exterior

Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana Exterior


Floor-seat or balcony, this Wabash theater, the amazingly restored Eagles Theater, will certainly take your movie-watching to the next level. I, for one, plan on trying to catch a movie here the first chance I get.

Thanks to the cleaning crew for letting us poke around while they were tidying up the three tons of spilled popcorn. For once, I’m happy to say, I had nothing to do with the mess!

Does anyone know any more of the history of the Eagles Theater in Wabash, Indiana? Please let me know. I would love to hear some personal stories about this wonderful building! I would imagine there are more than a few interesting tidbits about its past.

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Eagles Theater
106 W Market Street
Wabash, Indiana 46992
260.563.3272

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

4 Comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker April 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Yes, we toured the upper level. Those WERE steep stairs! My goodness! Very neat, though. 🙂

  2. Jessica Nunemaker April 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    We did! We did! While shooting the little Indiana pilot we got to check out the ballroom. Wow that was something!!! Thanks for sharing your memories. 🙂 That’s so funny!

  3. Doris Stephenson April 19, 2012 at 7:27 am

    As a child, I had to sit in the 3rd balcony a few times when there was a sold out crowd for movies like “Old Yeller”. The second balcony was great–the third not so much. There was a very steep stairway and as I remember, the seats were not as nice.

  4. Debbie Stouffer April 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    If you call ahead – you can be taken on a tour of the entire building. Did you know there was a Grand Ballroom on the top floor?? It is amazing to hear the history of this building. There is something cool about the actual screen too – but I can’t remember exactly what it is. Specially made or something. Also mention that movies here are only $5.00. The entire theater is also able to be rented out. Our class rented it out for one of our high school reunion activities last summer (class of ’76) and we got to pick the movie which was “Jaws”. I am so glad they partially restored it. I do remember seeing movies in high school and sitting up in the 2nd balcony with my boyfriend making out. ha! I hope that this entire building will some day be fully restored including that balcony and the ballroom.

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