The Philmore on Broadway- the Finest Jazz in the City

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“The Philmore is a beautiful, classy and fun venue to see any show. The food by Affine is great as is the service and the staff. If you haven’t visited, you’re missing out on a great Fort Wayne experience,” says one Fort Wayne resident.

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The famous Philmore marquee

In the 1920s, Broadway Street was a happening place. Today, it is seeing a resurgence as part of the rebirth of Downtown Fort Wayne. Sitting proudly between Scott and Heustis Avenues is the Philmore on Broadway, arguably the heart of the area, pre-dating both the Realto on South Calhoun and the Embassy on West Jefferson downtown.

The Philmore was built in 1923, one of five neighborhood theaters in Fort Wayne. As is the case with a lot of historical buildings around town, the Philmore has a rich and colorful history. Changing names, but staying true to its theatrical beginnings, it ran successfully for almost 60 years. When the theater left the building in the early 1980s, and several proprietors failed to take off in the space, the doors were closed and the grand old theater was left vacant in 1985.

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The Philmore’s patio is an excellent place for those warm summer nights.

After 12 long and lonely years, several Fort Wayne area businessmen financed the theater’s restoration and renovation.  Great care was taken to preserve and restore the original and historic features and charm of the 8,800 square foot building. The theater reopened as Catablu Gourmet American Grille in 1998 and ran successfully for 11 years.

In 2010, after more extensive renovations and much anticipation, almost 30 years after it housed its last performance, the theater was revived as The Philmore on Broadway.

Today, the Philmore is Fort Wayne’s finest jazz club, hosting many local, regional and national acts. It is elegant, unique, cozy and overflowing with 1920s charm.

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The Philmore’s main stage and ballroom

In addition to jazz musicians, the Philmore hosts a variety of themed parties and events throughout the year. Check out their Event Calendar to learn more.

The theater can also accommodate ceremonies, receptions, private parties and corporate functions. The Philmore on Broadway’s motto is “to exceed expectations for all events,” and it certainly does just that.

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2441 Broadway Street

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807

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Wendy Sack

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Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Experience Monty Python’s Flying Killer Rabbits at Spamalot!

Be sure to catch the classic Monty Python comedy before curtains close at the Arts United Center in downtown Fort Wayne! Spamalot runs through March 9 and is promised to be an event of chuckles and jokes you don’t want to miss.

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Spamalot is the comedic version of the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Only in this story there are flying killer rabbis, gorgeous showgirls, clever lyrics and strange plot twists. This screen classic is brought to life by fine acting and live music. Spamalot is also the 2005 Best Musical Tony Award Winner. The Fort Wayne production is directed by Doug King and features the book and lyrics of Eric Idle and music by John DuPrez and Eric Idle.

Spamalot: Upcoming Shows
Friday, February 28  8 p.m.
Saturday, March 1  8 p.m.
Sunday, March 2  2 p.m.
Friday, March 7  8 p.m.
Saturday, March 8  8 p.m.
Sunday, March 9  2 p.m.

The Arts United Center is conveniently located downtown at 303 E. Main St. For tickets you can visit the box office in person during business hours or call 260.424.5220.

Insider Tip: While humorous, this production is best left for adults only. This unique musical does contain topics of sexuality and violence.

About

Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

The Embassy Theatre – A Hometown Point of View

What does it mean to live in Fort Wayne? Is there one place – one landmark – in our hometown that best captures our spirit? I think there is. Now, ask a hundred different people that question, you may get a hundred different answers. Heck, some of the landmarks they name may not even exist anymore. Honestly, though, that’s what I think it means to live here – history. We are all of us constantly aware of the through lines that connect us to the past and continue into the future. And to me, there is nowhere in this city that embodies that – and us – better than the Embassy Theatre.

I started training as an Embassy volunteer last August, and although I’ve lived in Fort Wayne my entire life, I had never really appreciated it as the crown jewel of the city that it is. The first event I worked was the Tunnel Tour, the Embassy’s contribution to Fright Night, the city’s annual Halloween celebration. It wasn’t long into that first shift that I could see why this place was so beloved, so…well, sacred. There aren’t a lot of venues like this left in the U.S., and certainly not ones that were saved by a bunch of regular folks who pitched in, who spent their nights and weekends, their blood, sweat, and tears, to renovate and renew a theatre that had fallen into disrepair. But again, that’s what we do in Fort Wayne. We come together when our neighbors need us.

I’ve worked a few events since then – the Festival of Trees, the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) Professional Development Conference, Scottish Fantasy. These events have brought so many different kinds of people to the Embassy, but all those people have something in common (especially the people who have never been to the Embassy before): a sense of wonder. I feel it every time I walk in, I feel it when I sit in the audience, and lucky me, I feel it when I stand on the stage. Practice sure never got me there, but at least volunteering has.

So for anyone who’s never had an Embassy experience, create one. Go see a musical, a stand-up comedian, a ballet. Take the tour. Volunteer! That we have this amazing venue right here in Fort Wayne is something so many of us – including me not so long ago – take for granted. The least you can do now is take in a show.

Mike

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Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as a college librarian, and his many geek obsessions.

Travel Back to the 60s with Hair

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Broadway at the Embassy presents Hair on March 11.

Ah, the good old days of, “Let the Sunshine In” and “Aquarius” are making a rousing comeback to the Fort on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 when Broadway at the Embassy brings Hair to the Embassy stage.

The rock musical tour is giving only one performance at the Embassy Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  Baby boomers, if you recall the days of tie-dyed shirts, sandals, and the 2-fingered “Peace!” sign, you’ll be ready for a nostalgic trip back down the years of your youth.

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Celebrate the Age of Aquarius with the cast of Hair!

The exuberant 1960s program highlights a group of young folks searching for peace and love during the anti-Vietnam War days.  Probably the one thing the earlier, first audiences remember most back then was the dimly-lit 20-sceond scene of total frontal nudity of the cast, and indeed, the Embassy website cautions that the controversial performance is for “mature audiences,” and that parental discretion is advised, especially for the 12-and-under crowd.  There are, “profanity, nudity and simulated drug use” throughout the show.

The run time is two hours and 25 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling the Embassy box office at 260 424 5665.  The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon – Friday, or visit  the Embassy Theatre website.You can also find more information at Visit Fort Wayne.

Hope to see you at the second dawning of the Age of Aquarius on March 11, at what has been termed as “the ultimate rock musical!”

Barb

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Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .

Disney on Ice Brings Fun for Everyone! – Plus a Chance to WIN TICKETS

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Catch all of your favorite Disney princesses and princes at Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes!

When I was a preteen, my family and I received Disney on Ice tickets from a family friend.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I still talk highly about, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to people of all ages!

The show we saw was Beauty and the Beast on Ice.  We had floor seats and could still easily see all aspects of the performance.

I remember being the most fascinated by the costumes.  Belle’s dresses were lovely, and the Beast’s costume closely resembled the character in the Disney film.  I remember being enchanted with the adorable dish characters that glided gracefully on the ice, even though they didn’t have legs in the movie.  More importantly, I remember the feeling when the skaters looked me in the eye as they performed.  It made me realize this wasn’t your typical performance; it was an opportunity for the skaters to engage with the audience as they performed.

This year from March 6-9, Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes will entertain you at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Past princesses (Snow White and Cinderella), modern princesses (Tiana and Rapunzel), and some in between (Jasmine and Belle) are just a few of the highlights of this show.  Aladdin and Prince Eric will make some memorable appearances, and Prince Philip will fight the evil queen, Maleficent, as she transforms into a dragon!

The skaters’ flawless acrobatic abilities are incredible, and adults will appreciate the combination of professional skating with timeless children’s stories.

The awe-inspiring experience has been one that I’ll always remember, and I guarantee you will, too!

Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes will be at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (4000 Parnell Ave.) on Thursday, March 6 and will have shows multiple times per day until Sunday, March 9. The show times are as follows:

Thursday, March 06 2014 7:00 PM
Friday, March 07 2014 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 08 2014, 11:00 AM
Saturday, March 08 2014 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 08 2014 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 09 2014 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 09 2014 5:00 PM

Tickets range from $15.50 to $45.50 with Opening Night tickets starting at $12.50. Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office, or through ticketmaster.

For more information on Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes, check out Visit Fort Wayne, the Memorial Coliseum website, or Disney on Ice.

YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TOO! Simply visit the Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win 4 tickets to the show – plus much more!

Amanda Reusser

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Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.