Historic Merrillville theater to stay open despite original demolition plans

("Weird Al - Star Plaza" by Deidre Peverill, CC BY-ND 2.0)

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The owners of a 3,400-seat theater in northwest Indiana that has featured top entertainers such as Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock have changed plans and won’t demolish the facility.

Star Plaza Theatre President Charlie Blum told The Times of Northwest Indiana the decision to preserve the theater was made because of an outpouring of community support. White Lodging Services Corp. announced in August it would demolish the theater as part of a project to build a new adjoining Radisson hotel.

The company announced it has determined if could put the new hotel and more green space on the site and still have room for the theater and sufficient parking.

The theater was built in 1979.


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