#ThursdayDoors — The Murat

Confession: This is less about doors than most of my doors posts.  I walked around the enitre building, but I never zoomed in on the doors. The doors are not spectacular, but the building is.



It was a gray December day. Not cold to me, but gray, and so not the best day for photo snaps. I must take my opportunities for doorscursions as they come.



Let’s get those pesky doors out of the way.

And the details.


Views of the building, highly reliant on both the placement of the sun and my ability to use image enhancement.


And this, my favorite side. Who doesn’t love some trompe l’oeil?


The Murat shares the same Moorish Revival style as the Fox Theater in Atlanta, as Norm featured here.

The Murat Theatre was opened on February 28, 1910. The building was designed by Indianapolis architect Oscar D. Bohlen of the firm D. A. Bohlen & Son. It is predominantly Moorish-Oriental in style, and originally had 1,950 seats. A major renovation undertaken in 1996 increased the seating capacity to 2,476. In its early years, the Murat Theatre was leased by the Shubert organization, and it later served as the venue for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. From the late 1940s until the early 1960s, it was the only house in Indianapolis capable of hosting the touring companies of major Broadway stage productions. The building is still owned by the Shriners, but the Murat Theatre is now operated under a long-term lease by Live Nation.

I’ve been there a few times, but the one I really remember is when The Mister and I saw Tori Amos sometime in the late 90s.

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link.

This post is my daily jot for JusJotJan.


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44 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — The Murat

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    Wow! This is a spectacular building. Even its ordinary doors doesn’t detract from its overall beauty!

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  2. Benson says:

    That is a cool old building. I have only been in there once. Went to a “Casino Night” for some charity; over 35 years ago. Did I read somewhere that someone is opening shops and eateries there?

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  3. Love the stripes as much as the doors! Thanks for sharing these photos.


  4. bikerchick57 says:

    That’s a very unique and interesting building, including the artwork. I love old theaters…there is always something majestic and cool about their style and feel. Is the inside as grand as the outside?

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  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    Gorgeous building. Most likely the same builders as the Fox in Atlanta and others across the country using the same theme at the time. It almost looks like the same stone and brick, I bet the got a great deal on building materials by buying in bulk 😉
    I love that first shot of the tower.

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  6. John Holton says:

    Very much like the Fox, and kind of like Medinah Temple in Chicago, which would figure since it’s Shriners as well.

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  7. Laura says:

    Wow. That truly is a spectacular building…

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  8. That’s a beautiful building, Joey. 🙂

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  9. Vicky says:

    So that’s a pretty unusual building that I wouldn’t have expected to see in Indianapolis ( she says, knowing nothing about Indianapolis, but it doesn’t fit with her head picture of Indianapolis, whatever it may be). How unusual, it must be a bit of a landmark, The Moorish influence makes it a bit of a head turner, I expect. Nice! A good place to see and share, thank you for taking us to the theatre!

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    • joey says:

      I understand. Most people think Indianapolis is a place where people farm and churn their own butter, but it’s actually a city with an international airport, skyscrapers, and almost a million people. I’m glad you liked The Murat 🙂

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  10. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! You’re right to focus on the building in this case, that’s magnificent. I love the details. I think the photo at the top could be a postcard, that’ really pretty.

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  11. Bradley says:

    Amazing structure. What is it like inside?

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  12. jan says:

    I love the mural with the camels and desert scene! An interesting scene in the midwest!

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  13. Great murals on that building, they definitely make up for a mediocre door!

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  14. loisajay says:

    wow! Building, details……all wonderful!! What a place!


  15. For that building, we’ll forgive you the lack of emphasis on doors, Joey. You’ve also given me an idea for a possible future door post. 🙂 Door post? Ha!!


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  16. dalecooper57 says:

    Wow, love that mural.

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  17. rvpackard says:

    Your grandfather had a big hand in the tile work.

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  18. marianallen says:

    What a fabulous building! I love those alternating courses of different colors. And the onion domes. And … and … and … an’ EVAHTHANG!


  19. It’s a work of art that building! Thanks for the history and images!


  20. Beautiful building! Reminds me of some of the Moorish Buildings in Spain.

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  21. Skipah says:

    Please tell me Tori Amos was just a phase :).


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