Request for Proposals

Mixed Use Development in the Alhambra Theatre

Proposals will be accepted by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 318 Main Street, Evansville IN 47708, until 3:00 pm on Friday, March 24, 2017.

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is offering two parcels, the historic Alhambra Theatre and 1 Washington, for development of a mixed use facility.  The parcels are available for redevelopment by firms, individuals, or general interested parties.  The adjacent properties are located within a commercial/residential area and the Arts Council will encourage proposals that will enhance and support further commercial, residential, and retail development, as well as neighborhood development within the area.


Alhambra RFP

Alhambra Theatorium (also known as The Alhambra Theater) is a historic movie theater in the Haynies Corner Arts District of Evansville, Indiana. It was designed by Frank J. Schlotter and opened on September 27, 1913 as a movie theater. The Alhambra was one of many influenced by the Alhambra Palace in Spain. Although Alhambra theaters opened all over the world, only a traditional playhouse built in New York in 1905 predates Evansville’s in the United States.

The theatre cost $18,000 to build and was one of the largest movie theatres in Evansville at the time. It included a cigar shop and a confectionary, and spurred new business in the area now designated as the Haynies Corner Arts District. The theater ceased operation in 1956.

The Alhambra has been renovated a few times in the past 100 years and is in the process of being restored. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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