The Muncie Civic Theatre Mission is to enrich our WHOLE COMMUNITY through Theatre Performance, Education, and Outreach.
Muncie Civic Theatre was founded in 1931 and is one of the oldest civic theatres in the state and is located in one of the oldest theaters in the country. The Muncie Civic Theatre Association was started by William H. Ball who served as board president for the first decade of the theatre’s existence.
We are now in our 87th Season providing East Central Indiana with a variety of high quality entertainment and events performed by community members for the community.
The Boyce Block was built in 1880 and has served a number of purposes over the years. Most famously, it was the site of the negotiations and signing of the contract for the Ball Brothers to move their glass-making facilities from upstate New York to Muncie during the gas boom in the late nineteenth century. In the early twentieth century, the Block’s two westernmost bays were transformed into an elaborate Vaudeville house with an iconic proscenium arch. The Star Theatre, which operated until the late 1920s, hosted nationally known acts such as W.C. Fields, the Marx brothers, Red Skelton, and many others. During the Prohibition years, local legend has it that the Star was used as a speakeasy.
In 1961, the building took on a new life and a new mission when the Muncie Civic Theatre took ownership of the building and began using it not only to entertain, but also to involve community members in live theatre and to enrich their lives. In the fifty years since, generations of families have shared the stage together, building family ties and creating lifelong memories. Muncie Civic has been and continues to be a cultural beacon in Muncie. It is a vital downtown presence, improving quality of place and providing artistic opportunities for local performers.