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108

years

in Business

BBB Rating:
A
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Hours:

Regular Hours

General Info:
A building of Moorish design.
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Neighborhood:
Downtown Indianapolis
AKA:

Murat Theater

Old National Ctr

Murat Theatre

Old National Center

The Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre

Categories:
Concert Halls, Theatres, Places Of Interest
Other Information:

Bike Parking: Yes

Price Range : Average

Outdoor Seating: No

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04/26/2012

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LONG-TIME CUSTOMER, BAD TASTE!!

For many years, my family and I have visited this theater many, many and seemed satisfactory, outside the lights being, almost off...and making it difficult to see your way around...But the event I attend April 25th too the cake...The workers were rude and security needs to get their ego stroked at home, not on my time...Enter the event center off their parking lot and was told we'd haveto enter on the opposent side, fine, but when we were told we COULD NOT walk through the center to get there that we'd have to go back out into the rain and walk around...that was RIDICULOUS!! I instucted the short, blond lady to be courteous and post something so people will now tha, and she says to me, ""this is a FREE event"" meaning: ""You"" go to the back and shut-the-f-up!! Basically...because the ""other"" color was ok'd to enter on ""ours"" side and escorted throught the center to where they had to go...REALLY!!!

10/09/2011

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dissappoited

my experience at the murrat just this past saturday (10/8/11) at the STS9 which was great but the service at the bar was sad first i got short change,i asked how much the bottle beers was, she said 6 i said ok, heres a $20 she gave me four dollars back i said umm i gave u a $20 aaannnd of course she played if off like she didnt know and i sure as hell did not tip her! and water isnt free there? huh news to me...no one wants to buy desani water,it drys your mouth out.... thank you hava great day !

03/27/2011

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What happened?

I cannot tell you how disappointed I am to find that the Murat Theatre, which is one of the most beautiful, historical theatres, has now turned into a smoke filled, drunken rowdy saloon. I attended the Willie Nelson performance last night, expecting that because he was performing at the Murat theatre, it would be a pleasant opportunity to see a great performer. I saw that there were parents with small children also expecting to find a safe envirornment to bring their children. It was not.

The Murat Theatre has always been one of Indianapolis' nicer theatres. I have attended many Broadway shows, seen great performers and comedians at that venue. Food and drink were allowed in the lobby and once the performance started, people were not allowed into the theatre until intermission. All of those classic rules have been set aside.

They have now allowed it to turn into a high class saloon. People walked in and out of the theatre during the performance. They allowed people to bring food and drink into the theatre and slosh it around as they pushed past people in the aisles. I was absolutely stunned.

The performance was to start at 8pm. Right at 8 the advance performer came on. Noone introduced him, he just came on stage andf began singing. I had no idea who he was and I had never heard any of his songs. He finally told the audience his name was Drake something, but I had neither heard of him or any of his songs.

Once the music started, people started trailing in, bringing in huge cans of beer and pretzels and all sorts of stuff. They were walking around and talking out loud. The seats are marked on the left and people always get seating confused in that theatre, so many people were sitting one seat off and several times I thought men were going to come to blows arguing about who was in whose seat, while they balanced their beer and pretzels.

Then after thirty minutes or so of the opening act quit singing, and asked if we were ready to see Willie, he then walked off the stage. About five minutes later the house lights came up and people again got up and tromped over each other to get more beer. We waited forty-five minutes with people wandering around, arguing, drinking, and obviously smoking in the restroom, before Mr. Nelson appeared.

He is a great performer and a fabulous guitarist, and I love his music, but the crowd kept milling around in and out of the theatre, up and down the aisles, standing up and dancing regardless of who was behind them, getting more beer and more drunk, and more rude. It became more and more uncomfortable. Smoke filled the theatre and the conditions were deplorble. We stayed about 30-40 minutes into Willie's performance, and finally had enough of the crowd and the smell and left.

Perhaps allowing this to go on, is bringing the theatre great profits, but it is destroying one of the greatest theatres and traditions in Indianapolis. This was one of the most disappointing experiences of my life.

08/13/2009

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Best sound in town

Slayer (once a year, every year), Ministry, Pixies, Twizted; these shows and others have all sounded great. Solid bass, no distortion (unless intended), every kick of the bass drum is like a kick to the chest. Open area in front of stage makes for a perfectly constructed pit. Makes me miss the old Arlington Theatre, most shows at Murat would have been there if they hadn't closed, but the Murat does them justice. Can't wait to catch a mellower band in the theater section.

05/14/2009

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consider this before attending Murat

Having recently attended the sold out James Taylor concert I became immediately aware that the sales of alcohol throughout the concert (as allowed by the artist) and the late-seating policy (as allowed by the producer) interfered significantly with the integrity of the concert overall. Because people are allowed to get/bring in drinks throughout the concert (not limited to intermission) AND the seats/rows are circa 1890s (back when audiences had the dignity to endure a performance in its entirety without requiring beverages, phone calls or bathroom breaks during the show), each and every time someone wanted to leave their seat the entire row was forced to stand up to release them. This meant that for no less than a minute PER excursion PER person a wide array of other concert goers had limited view of the stage. This inconvenience does not include the constant vocalizing of the drunk members of the audience, either. The theater is beautiful, and a lovely venue on its own. James Taylor was fantastic, as always. But unless you are looking for an outdoor arena ambiance in an antique, indoor venue, I recommend you call and ask about the late-seating and concessions policies before you reserve your tickets at the Murat (or any other venue). Please note that it is the choice of both the producer and the artist that made these two issues a concern--not the venue. But you will do yourself a favor if you check those policies out before committing to an evening of hard-spent money wasted on the wasted...

06/13/2002

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Overall
9

The previous opinion was of one event at the venue. The promoter designates how a room is set up. Most rock concerts are SRO. The Jazz events held in the Egyptian Room are all caberet seating, quite comfortable and intimate. I have enjoyed them.

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502 N New Jersey StIndianapolisIN 46204

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