Embassy Theater Sign

By: kmom14

Dec 17 2014

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Category: Fort Wayne, Historic Fort Wayne, Kyle

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One of the must-see sights for tourists in Fort Wayne, Indiana is the Embassy Theater, which was originally the Emboyd Theater that opened in 1928.  

It underwent a major renovation in 1995 and it is still in use today as venue for a variety of entertainment purposes, from plays, concerts, ballets, orchestra performances to educational speaker performances by comedians,  and the annual fund raiser, the Festival of Trees in its beautiful marbled lobby.

One of my favorite memories was one year around Christmas I took my son to a Christmas variety activity that I took my son to see when he was around three or four.   They Ronald McDonald in his clown garb going around and doing a meet and greet with kids in the audience and while I thought that would have been the high point, I was wrong.

We went to seat one of the front rows and a there was a teen girl with long blonde hair in a pony tail and a little sparkly sequined skater type red dress performing a dance routine .  My son’s eyes got wide and he pointed to the stage and loudly announced “That Barbie!  Mom, Barbie is on stage!”.   The girl heard it and got a big smile on her face, but could tell she was also a bit embarrassed at the same time as the people around us chuckled as his cute observation; she really did look like a dancing Barbie doll come to life.

For my son, it was almost a magical day, like his childhood figures were coming to life before his eyes.

The above marquee is a mix of old and new; the sign is based on the original 1952 marquee design, but updated with an added digital reader board boasting upcoming venues to the theater.   It was completed  by Wagner Sign Company in Ohio.

Location: 125 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN

Link to website: http://www.fwembassytheatre.org/aboutus.htm


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