This is the Indiana Repertory Theatre, also home to The Indiana Roof Ballroom. Locally, it’s IRT and The Roof.
It’s not an actual repertory theatre anymore, but they do still show plays. I am a fan of the theatre, but The Mister, not so much. He’d rather be IN the play.
Anyway, I’m telling you that because I have no intention of seeing a play this season, so I won’t be striving for interior shots. If you’re curious, you can take a peek inside here and here.
The building began as a movie palace and a ballroom in 1927.
The ballroom tradition continues on.
Famous Guests’ Names may be misspelled twice in the same block, but they’re still famous.
FAMOUS GUEST LIST
Visited by presidents and famous performers, the Roof has always been the place to be. Jazz singer/songwriter Hogie Carmichael came to the Roof every time we featured a new band, hoping to interest them in his songs.
Presidents John F. Kennedy and Harry Truman enjoyed events held here, along with Sen. Robert Kennedy and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, Margaret Thatcher and Bing Crosby were also frequent visitors of the Roof in days past. The Roof continues to be the “place to be” in Indianapolis and we continue to host famous performers, actors and celebrities. We are honored to have been visited by the below list of guests:
Actors/Actresses: Audrey Hepburn, Cast of The Office, Don Johnson, James Earl Jones, Doris Day, Hoagie Carmichael, Jason Priestley, Joan Rivers, Mario Lopez, Mark Edwards, Melissa Joan Hart, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Dempsey, Paul Newman, Katharine McPhee, Danny DeVito, Carson Daley and Jane Krakowski
Musicians: Bing Crosby, Commodores, Cool and The Gang, Edwin McCain, Frank Sinatra, Gene Simmons, Harry Connick Jr., Jamie O’Neal, John Mellancamp, Kenny G., Ludacris, The Ohio Players, The Pointer Sisters, Tony Bennett, Jessica Simpson and Maroon 5
Politicians and Television Personalities: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Colin Powell, Harry Truman, Margaret Thatcher, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Ann Curry, Al Roker and Brian Williams
Athletes: Danica Patrick, Florence Griffith Joyner, Helio Castroneves, Lance Armstrong, Peyton Manning and Reggie Miller
Now back to that beautiful building!
Gilding and carving and stone and tile and well, it pretty much has everything a fancy place should, hm?
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