Originally built in the late 1800s as a vaudeville theater and then seeing time as a German film theater in the 1950s, today Bogart’s stands as a portal to a world of live music. Six bars stand at the ready to keep rocking bodies hydrated, and three concert-viewing levels ensure pristine sightlines so that lead singers can have midconcert staring contests with anyone they choose.
Pearl, Joanna, Robert. These are some of the folks you might meet at the nightclub and honky-tonk known as Bobby Mackey's. There's just one thing: they're dead. These three are just some of the ghosts that fans say occupy the venue, a former slaughterhouse?and current gateway to hell, according to urban legends?whose eventful history includes episodes of murder, suicide, and betrayal. Many clubs and Las Vegas-style casinos have called the site home since the early 19th century, but it's Bobby Mackey's name that has popularized the facility's eerie nature with viewers of Syfy, Travel Channel, and National Geographic Channel. Of course, the honky-tonk has plenty of attractions for fans of the un-undead. An esteemed country singer, Bobby often performs with his band on Fridays and Saturdays, and other musicians regularly stop at the stage, too.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshell-esque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound to the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists finally found the power outlets. Before the show, audiences can feast on the recently restored auditorium's eye candy, which includes a gilded ceiling etched with reclining figures and majestic arches that help the eye dance throughout.
For the late Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes, the most important things in life were science and the arts. The good doctor wanted to share this devotion with the Indianapolis community, so he devised and funded Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. Completed in 1963, the hall shares Butler's gorgeous aesthetic with its arching stone façade and lush crimson interior, which has room for over 2,000 patrons. In addition to major touring productions and public speakers, Clowes Memorial Hall is also the home of the Indianapolis Opera, the Butler Ballet, and the Indy 500.
Past the glimmering main lobby, past the Middle Eastern accents and hand-carved murals of the Egyptian Room, past the Victorian splendor of the Corinthian Hall, Old National Centre’s Murat Theatre continues the venue’s brand of elegance. Therein, row upon row of red-upholstered seats face a proscenium-style stage that entertains crowds with Broadway shows and musical acts. Overhead, the soft warmth of a chandelier ringed by a floral mural offsets the brilliance of the stage lighting and the performers’ flashlight-juggling routines.
A philosopher once called theatre “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $39, you get one ticket (a $67 value, including a facility charge) to see Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins live on stage. Shows are held at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. Families and groups who want to sit together must use one account to make all the ticket purchases. Choose to attend one of the following show times: