Prewitt Theatre
Plainfield, Indiana

Owned by Mr. L. M. Prewitt, the theater was located at 119 West Main Street and offered folks a place to watch motion pictures, eat popcorn and have fun with friends.  The Prewitt Theatre building was also locally known as the Village Theater.  Prior to the theater, the building housed Prewitt’s Motor Sales where owner Joseph Prewitt also sold Goodrich tires.  The service station was in a prime location on the National Road to provide assistance to travelers.

The Prewitt Theatre formally opened on November 23, 1927 with the feature film “No Place to Go” starring Mary Astor and Lloyd Hughes. The first “talkie” shown was Voice of the City in April 2929. Acoustic panels were soon added to the interior to accommodate the new technology.

The theater was renamed Village Theater in 1971.

Photographs
Before building a movie theater, L.M. Prewitt ran a garage on the land now occupied by the Prewitt Theatre. Pictured is Prewitt's Motor Sales in 1915.
Plainfield added a modern sewer system in the early 1940s.
The Prewitt Theatre in 1948.
The Village Theatre in 2003, shortly before it was closed for renovations.
Plainfield Messenger article November 17, 1927
Plainfield Messenger article, November 17, 1927
Plainfield Messenger, November 17, 1927
Prewitt Theater Program
Prewitt Theatre program from November 23-26, 1927, title page
Page 2 of Prewitt Theatre program, November 23
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Page 5 of Prewitt Theatre program