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Madame Walker Theatre Center

Madame Walker Theatre Center

Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the four-story Madame Walker Theatre Center building stands as a memorial to Madam C. J. Walker, America's first female self-made millionaire. She made her fortune by manufacturing hair care products for African Americans.
An exhibit in the Madam C.J. Walker Memorial Room highlights the life and work of Madam Walker with memorabilia and Walker Co. products.
Erected and embellished with African and Egyptian motifs, the theater where Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne once played is now used for plays, concerts and other entertainment.

Indiana Theater Building and Indiana Roof Ballroom

Built in 1927, this luxurious one-time movie palace features a terra cotta auditorium and facade based on 17th-century Spanish architecture.

The historic downtown gem was saved from the wrecking ball when the 3,000-seat theater was separated into three stages in 1984 to become the permanent home of the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), the state's premier resident professional not-for-profit theatre. Visitors can see the grand lobby; the mainstage, where the IRT performs its season; the upperstage; and the Cabaret Theatre.

On display is a collection of costumes and theater props. Housed in the same building, the Indiana Roof Ballroom is a beautifully restored ballroom designed to resemble the plaza of a Spanish village, featuring a 40-foot domed ceiling of stars and clouds.

Hilbert Circle Theatre

Built in 1916, the Hilbert Circle Theatre was prominent known as the Midwest's best performance house for traveling entertainers, silent movies, world premiere features, classical concerts and talking motion pictures.

After a restoration and preservation of the theatre's ornate Greco-Roman architecture in 1982, it became the home of the internationally-acclaimed Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The theatre seats 1,786 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The four-story Madame Walker Theatre Center building stands as a memorial to Madam C. J. Walker, America's first female self-made millionaire.
The four-story Madame Walker Theatre Center building stands as a memorial to Madam C. J. Walker, America's first female self-made millionaire.

   
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