Theater where Red Skelton debuted loses out on state grant

 Knox County has lost its bid for a $500,000 state grant to help restore an ornate, nearly century-old theater where comic Red Skelton first appeared on stage.

Officials learned Thursday that Vincennes’ Pantheon Theatre didn’t receive a share of $11 million recently awarded through Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Development.

The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports officials plan to apply again for the grant that would pay for exterior repairs to the theater as part of an ongoing $2.5 million restoration and reuse effort.

The Renaissance Revival-style theater opened in. The venue was the first stage on which Vincennes-born comedian Red Skelton performed and it also hosted the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and Duke Ellington.