The Lerner Theatre

Elkhart, IN 

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About the Lerner Theatre 

The Elkhart Lerner Theatre, located in Elkhart, Indiana, is a historic gem in the heart of the city. Built in 1924, this stunning theatre has been a beloved destination for live entertainment and performances for nearly a century.

Harry Lerner was an Elkhart Businessman who had a vision for building a theatrical place in downtown Elkhart.

This came to life in 1924 when the Lerner Theatre was constructed on the corner of Main Street and Franklin in downtown Elkhart.

Upon its opening, the Elkhart Lerner Theatre was a state-of-the-art facility, featuring a 1,500 seat auditorium, a spacious lobby, and a grand marquee that lit up the streets of downtown Elkhart. The theatre quickly became a popular destination for live entertainment, hosting a wide variety of performances from touring Broadway shows to local community productions.

In 1990 the Lerner was purchased by the city of Elkhart from Ruth Miller in an attempt to save it from deterioration due to vacancy. It was called the ELCO at the time but the city changed the name back to the Lerner.

From 2009 to 2011 the Elkhart Lerner Theatre underwent an $11 million renovation.

Today, the Elkhart Lerner Theatre continues to be a thriving hub of live entertainment in the Elkhart community. The theatre hosts a wide variety of performances throughout the year, including concerts, plays, musicals, and comedy shows.

Where is the Lerner Theatre Located?

Checkout the map below to zoom in on the Lerner Theatre to learn more about it’s location in the heart of downtown Elkhart. The theater sits on the corner of Main Street and W. Franklin Street. There is plenty of free public parking across the street.

Lerner Theatre Hours

The historic Elkhart Theater is open…

  • Monday: 9am – 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday: 9am – 5pm
  • Friday: 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 1pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Phone Number

If you’d like to contact the Lerner Theatre staff, you can do so by dialing (574) 293-4469

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