In 1949, Clyde Quimby commissioned architect A.M. Strauss to draw up plans for the Clyde Theatre at Quimby Village in Fort Wayne, IN. Opening on April 19th, 1951, as a 1782 seat movie theatre, the Clyde was bustling with patrons as the regions premier movie house serving citizens from all over Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.
When General Manager Rick Kinney purchased the building at a 2012 tax sale, a majority of the interior finishes had been stripped away by previous owners, leaving nothing but a shell of memories from a day long gone.
Today this art deco masterpiece has survived the test of time and consists of over 21,000 sq. ft. of floor space. The main performance hall, which has had all of its seats removed, will be utilized as a 2,150 capacity, general admission, multi-functional concert hall and special events center.
Due to a generous contribution from Chuck and Lisa Surack of Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio, over $7,500,000 is being invested to renovate the venue into a mix use concert hall and event center. A 7,000 sq ft dressing room and artists hospitality wing, state of the art sound/light system, stage extension, backstage production loading docks and new box offices are being added to accommodate national touring artists. New HVAC, electrical, plumbing, finishes, acoustical plaster, roof and executive offices are also part of the current renovation.
Even Keel Event Productions will manage in-house promoted events including live concerts, film screenings, comedy acts and art gallery exhibitions. Even Keel will also provide rental and lease options to outside producers interested in hosting private or public events at the venue including weddings, receptions, corporate events and fundraisers.
This lobby also houses the main entryway for the Theatre and ticketing box office. The second story of the lobby will function as the VIP Gallery with box seating for live performance events and an art gallery that will compliment the first floor art exhibitions.