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Elkhart’s Lerner Theatre makes dazzling comeback

Courtesy Lerner Theatre

ELKHART, Ind. — Locals lined up around the block last summer to see the results of two years’ worth of intensive restoration and expansion of a city landmark, the Lerner Theatre.

They were not disappointed. Some $18 million was sent to uncover the Greek and Roman-inspired architectural touches that had been covered up through the years in the 1924 theater.  Particularly arresting is the decorative dome in the auditorium, which is eye-catching once again thanks to paint in shades of blue, red and cream that were used to accent its details.

The new addition blends into the original building; most patrons can’t distinguish the old from the new because the same decorative embellishments, like griffins and dancing maidens, are used throughout.

In addition to the renovated 1,700-seat theater, the complex includes the Crystal Ballroom, with glittery crystal chandeliers that hang from 18-foot to 22-foot-tall ceilings, ornate mouldings and trim and tall, handsome windows for natural light. It will seat up to 400 for dinners.