Hilbert Circle Theatre

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Hilbert Circle Theatre
Circle Theater.jpg
Front of the theater
Former namesCircle Theatre
Address45 Monument Circle
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
OwnerIndianapolis Symphony Orchestra
OpenedAugust 30, 1916 (1916-08-30)
Renovated1984, 2013
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Circle Theater
Hilbert Circle Theatre is located in Indianapolis
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Hilbert Circle Theatre is located in Indianapolis
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Hilbert Circle Theatre is located in Indiana
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Hilbert Circle Theatre is located in the United States
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Coordinates39°46′5″N 86°9′26″W / 39.76806°N 86.15722°W / 39.76806; -86.15722Coordinates: 39°46′5″N 86°9′26″W / 39.76806°N 86.15722°W / 39.76806; -86.15722
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectRubush and Hunter; Bedford Stone Construction Co.
Architectural styleClassical Revival
Part ofWashington Street-Monument Circle Historic District (ID97001179)
NRHP reference No.80000058[1]
Added to NRHPJune 16, 1980

The Hilbert Circle Theatre, originally called the Circle Theater, is in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Monument Circle. It was built in 1916 and consists of a Neoclassical style, white glazed terra cotta entrance section with a brick auditorium section behind. The front facade is slightly curved. It was originally built as a "deluxe movie palace."[2]: 2–3 

Reopening on October 12, 1984, the Circle Theatre is home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In December 1996, it was renamed the Hilbert Circle Theatre after being endowed by Stephen Hilbert, founder of CNO Financial Group, and his wife Tomisue. The theatre holds 1,660 seats and has space for an 87-member ensemble. It is now home to a 3-manual 24-rank Wurlitzer theatre organ.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1] It is located in the Washington Street-Monument Circle Historic District.

Notable events[edit]

The theatre hosted the Weightlifting Competition during the 1987 Pan American Games.[4] The venue hosted NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a week of episodes during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.[5]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-08-01. Note: This includes Larry B. Justice (December 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Circle Theater" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-01. and Accompanying photographs
  3. ^ "American Theatre Organ Society" (PDF).
  4. ^ The Games of August: Official Commemorative Book. Indianapolis: Showmasters. 1987. ISBN 978-0-9619676-0-4.
  5. ^ On the set with Jimmy Fallon. WTHR.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012.

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