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The History Center’s intimate Frank and Katrina Basile Theater is an ideal place to hold your organization's performance. Many Indianapolis arts organizations such as International Violin Competition, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Music Society and Storytelling Arts of Indiana make our 290-seat Basile Theater their home. This acoustically sound theater is the perfect venue for recitals, choral concerts or small theater productions.

With a 20-foot by 35-foot stage, the Basile Theater is equipped with a complete lighting and sound system operable from a rear projection booth with backstage communication. Other in-house equipment includes a retractable screen, VHS projector, LCD projector, slide projector, CD player, 35mm film projector and assisted listening devices. A 9-foot Steinway grand piano is also available for use. Backstage amenities include a green room, dressing rooms and rehearsal space.

Outside the Basile Theater, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Canal creates an impressive entry to the theater. The lobby is used frequently before or after theater events for receptions, hospitality breaks or to position vendor or display tables. Convenient to the parking lot, it is adjacent to the Basile History Market and is convenient to the Stardust Terrace Cafe below. The lobby is included with theater use or may be rented separately.

Make the History Center your performance home. Call us at (317) 234-0081 or email kmclean@indianahistory.org for more information.

Click here for a list of organizations that call the History Center their performing home and their schedules.

"In music performances, every aspect of the concert space is as critical as the performance itself. The Basile Theater provides the performer, as well as the audience, with a gratifying experience. We are proud to share this wonderful space with our international guests.” – Glen Kwok, Executive Director, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis