What was then called the Indiana Theatre hosted the world premiere of “Home in Indiana,” a movie about harness racing, on June 14, 1944. Jeanne Crain (who later received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1949 film “Pinky”) starred in the film and traveled to Indianapolis for the premiere. The theater at 140 W. Washington St. is now known as the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
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Sources: Indiana Historical Society, IBJ research