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.
Due to a major investment from Chuck and Lisa Surack of Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio and the support of other state and local economic development partners, over $9 Million was invested in 2017-2018 to renovate the venue into a mixed use concert hall and event center while preserving most of the original art deco style of the original building.
Today, the venue consists of a 21,000 square foot main performance hall, 10,400 square foot lobby and 2nd floor VIP Gallery area. In addition, a 7,000 sq ft dressing room and artists hospitality wing, state of the art sound and lighting system, stage extension, backstage production loading docks and new box offices have been added to accommodate national touring artists. New HVAC, electrical, plumbing, finishes, acoustical plaster, roof and executive offices were also part of the renovation.
The venue is now host to many events including live concerts, comedy acts, art gallery exhibitions and private events such as corporate gatherings, fundraisers and wedding receptions.