Embassy Theatre announces 90th anniversary celebrations

 

The Embassy Theatre announced a lineup of movies, music, favorites and tributes to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

“Today we begin the countdown to our 90th birthday,” said Kelly Updike, president and CEO at the Embassy Theatre. “As you’ll see from today’s announcement, our team is tapping into nostalgia. Since opening day on May 14, 1928, the theater – and Grande Page pipe organ – have served up thousands of magical moments.”

The year-long celebration is planned for 2018 and is presented by Sweetwater and Chuck and Lisa Surack. Additional sponsorship support provided by Ambassador Enterprises, Mutual Bank, Markey’s Rental & Staging.

In January, a “90 Years of Film” series launches. The curated series highlights a blockbuster movie from every decade in the Embassy’s lifetime. From the classic “Casablanca” to Disney’s “Frozen,” the series blends nostalgia and whimsy. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite film character or sing-along with the movie soundtracks. Additionally, each movie will include audience participation with a pre-show musical performance on the Grande Page theater pipe organ.

The emphasis on audience participation continues May 19, 2018 when the arts organization recreates the theater’s 1928 grand opening. The “90th Anniversary Community Celebration,” sponsored by Mutual Bank, will be a throwback to the 1920s, showcasing vaudeville-style entertainment, musical performances and a black-and-white movie screening. Acclaimed organist Mark Herman headlines the festivities.

The 90th celebration year also will include: Grand opening of a history center, a dedicated space displaying memorabilia from the theater’s archives; a new recording featuring the Grande Page pipe organ; restoration of one of the theater’s original still image projectors (Brenograph); and a major concert announcement.

“The Embassy belongs to the people of Northeast Indiana,” said Updike. “We look forward to celebrating this milestone together.”

Built in 1928, the Embassy Theatre is Indiana’s largest self-sustaining historic theater. Originally known as the Emboyd, with the adjoining seven-story Indiana Hotel, the majestic movie palace and vaudeville theatre introduced Indiana to the biggest stars of stage and screen.

Today, the Embassy is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Combining the beauty and elegance of a bygone era with the excitement of today’s performers, the Embassy is the showplace of Northern Indiana.

90th Anniversary Community Celebration
May 19, 7 p.m.
Theater organist Mark Herman leads the celebration on the Grande Page pipe organ. The spectacle will recreate the theater’s 1928 grand opening. Entertainment includes vaudeville stage acts, musical performances, black-and-white movie screening and red carpet arrivals. Tickets: $9. Available for purchase starting Nov. 22 at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy, TicketMaster.com and 800.745.3000. Part of the Embassy’s 90th Anniversary season brought to you by Sweetwater and Chuck and Lisa Surack, and presented by Mutual Bank.

90 Years of Film: A nostalgic series celebrating the Embassy’s historic past
Multiple dates
The Embassy staff picked movies from the past 90 years, representing every decade in the theater’s lifetime. The films are childhood favorites. Guests are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character or sing along to the soundtrack. Plus, each movie includes a pre-show Grande Page organ performance. Part of the Embassy’s 90th Anniversary season brought to you by Sweetwater and Chuck and Lisa Surack, the Embassy Theatre and Fort Wayne Cinema Center, with sponsorship by Markey’s Rental & Staging. Tickets: $10 (single tickets); movie flex pass options available. Available for purchase starting Nov. 22 at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy, TicketMaster.com and 800.745.3000

Back to the Future (1985)
Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Wizard of Oz (1939)
Jan. 20, 2:30 p.m. – matinee

Grease (1978)
Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Casablanca (1942)
Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Disney’s Frozen (2013)
May 13, 2:30 p.m. (Mother’s Day – brunch option will be available for purchase in spring of 2018)

Wings (1927)
June 17, 2:30 p.m. – matinee

Independence Day (1996)
July 13, 7:30 p.m.

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.

The Sound of Music (1965)
Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

SPECIAL FESTIVAL OF TREES SCREENING (not available for single ticket purchase, included in festival admission)
White Christmas (1954)
Thanksgiving Day 2017: Nov. 23, 5 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day 2018: Nov. 22, TBD

ABOUT THE EMBASSY THEATRE: Built in 1928, the Embassy Theatre is Indiana’s largest self-sustaining historic theater. Originally known as the Emboyd, with the adjoining seven-story Indiana hotel, the majestic movie palace and vaudeville theatre introduced Indiana to the biggest stars of stage and screen. Today, the Embassy is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Combining the beauty and elegance of a bygone era with the excitement of today’s performers, the Embassy is the showplace of Northern Indiana.