100 years after opening night, Indiana’s newest historic building aims to create a new legacy

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — From Duke Ellington to Hank Williams and countless plays in between, The Pantheon Theatre has played a crucial role in establishing performing arts in Vincennes.

A century after it’s founding, The Pantheon is now one of Indiana’s newest historic landmarks.

According to Nichole Like, president of The Pantheon, it’s an award that didn’t come easily.

“It involved a lot of research, a lot of putting things together about the history of The Pantheon. It’s very meaningful to have that next door in our pocket park,” Like said.

Though the initial years of the theatre’s existence brought much success, multiple hardships and an uncertain future followed.

At one point the building was abandoned, according to Space Manager at The Pantheon, Bridget Burch.

“For many years, unfortunately, after it’s big hit, The Pantheon was abandoned for awhile. But, now it has a new face. We felt our community needed a co-working space,” Burch said.

After months of renovations and remodeling, the facility now welcomes current and aspiring members of the work force.

The new center includes multiple office spaces, programs, and resources offered. The Pantheon hopes to increase local businesses.

“We really want to grow regionally and make ourselves a hub for the state of Indiana,” Burch said.

Currently, the center has around 20 members enrolled, however Like thinks that number will increase.

“Now we’re starting a new chapter. A new curtain call, as I should say for The Pantheon. As a business and incubation hub. We’re very excited about the new history that’s going to be made here,” Like said.

On The Pantheon’s opening night in 1921, every female in attendance received a red rose. One hundred years later on May 14, every female that attended the ceremonial ribbon cutting also received a rose.

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