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Mainstreet Theatre (Festival Players Guild)

807 Franklin St Michigan City IN 46360 United StatesWork Phone: (219) 874-4269Website:
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Biographical Info

Located at 807 Franklin Street, Michigan City, Indiana, The Mainstreet Theatre offers an intimate setting with reminiscences of the past and conveniences of the present. With its bright green roll-up awning, leaded glass on the facade, tin ceilings, and turn-of-the-century-style lighting fixtures and fans, the building reflects its past. But with modern restrooms, handicap accessibility, central air conditioning–all part of recent renovations–the theatre is modern and comfortable.

The Mainstreet Theatre is an intimate space, seating 140, which assures every patron a seat no further than 12 rows from the front. Convenient parking is also an amenity for cars and buses.

The Festival Players Guild

…was founded in 1969 when Michigan City businessman Lyman Taylor purchased the St. John’s Church property at 9th and Franklin Streets in Michigan City, Indiana. For 28 years this building, The Canterbury, was “home” to the programs of the Guild.

After Taylor sold the building, the Guild continued to present its programs in the Canterbury until the new owners decided that they, also, wanted to offer the property for sale. After years of renting, the Guild decided to renovate a building it owned at 807 Franklin Street into a complete Theatre Complex.

From the outset, the Guild has been fortunate to have capable artistic direction through its staff. Dale Miller served as the Canterbury Summer Theatre’s first artistic director. Miller assembled a talented cast, drawn primarily from Northwestern University students and graduates to present the 1969 and 1970 seasons. Since that first season, seven have held the position of artistic director with the current artistic director, Ray Scott Crawford, serving in the position for thirty seasons.

The Mainstreet Theatre is located in the vibrant and growing Uptown Arts District, with many opportunities for shopping and dining, and is close to several historic sites, such as the Barker Mansion, and the Old Lighthouse Museum. Also, the Lighthouse Mall, Washington Park & Zoo, a beautiful beach, and the Blue Chip Casino are nearby, as well.

We look forward to offering you and your group a wonderful experience! With all the amenities available to you and your family, planning an evening at the theatre–or a mini-vacation for the family–is all within your reach.

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