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  • Sept. 22, 1967: A new sign is installed by Duane Rogers, top, of Summit City Signs Inc. and Civic Theatre set designer Frank Bebey. Watching are, from left, Civic director John Pearson, Dick Cruze and Norman Hilgeman.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 12:00 pm

Sept 22, 1967: Civic Theatre installs sign

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

"Civic Theatre sign going up on opening night."

That's how this photo is labeled in The Journal Gazette's photo diary for 1967. The diaries are how the newspaper's photo staff used to log what pictures were taken each day.

The photo ran on Page 1B of the Sept. 23, 1967, edition with a caption that Civic Theatre's previous marquee at collapsed the previous March.

This was when Civic Theatre was based in the Palace Theatre (renamed the Civic Playhouse) on East Washington Boulevard. That building is no longer standing.

Civic Theatre left the Palace Theatre in 1969 and briefly set up shop in another location before moving to its current home on the downtown Arts Campus in 1973.

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