Culture and Entertainment

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There are many types of entertainment options in Carmel. Some of the major cultural and entertainment options are listed below:

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The Center for the Performing Arts

Includes the world-class Palladium concert hall and 
the Tarkington and Studio Theaters.

The Center for the Performing Arts hosts a wide variety of
entertainers from around the globe. In addition, it also is
home to some of the area's finest performers. 

Resident companies include:

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Carmel Community Players

Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Actors Theatre of Indiana

Indiana Wind Symphony

The Center for the Performing Arts  



City Center - Carmel's New Downtown
Carmel City Center Website
City Center Corner Fountain

Carmel City Center is fast becoming, the “place to be” in Carmel, with a diverse collection of shops, restaurants and nightlife.The focal point 

of this cultural and entertainment district is the state-of-the-art Center for the Performing Arts, which includes the Palladium, a 1,600-seat concert hall of superb acoustical standards; the Tarkington, a 500-seat proscenium theater; and the Studio Theater, a 200-seat black box theater all located around the beautiful Center Green and an outdoor amphitheater. 2011

History of Carmel City Center

When Mayor Jim Brainard ran for election in 1995, he was asked by many citizens where Carmel's downtown was located; where were they supposed to go out for dinner, shopping or take visitors when they came to the area. It was then that he understood that the community wanted a place where they could shop, dine, gather for events, enjoy the arts and provide cultural and recreational enrichment. He also understood that public and private partners would need to work together in order to accomplish this goal. Carmel City  Center combined community redevelopment with economic development.

The ideal location for this project was a central location near Civic Square, the existing government complex. There was about 80 that could be combined for this project, which included a run down strip mall that had become dilapidated and other landlocked pieces of property. 126th Street was extended west from Range Line Road to become City Center Drive and connect the central area along Range Line Road to the Meridian Street Corridor businesses. 

The City prepared the ground for redevelopment and found partners that believed in the project and the future economic success of Carmel. One of the first retail structures built was the Schwinn Bike Store, now Salon 01, along City Center Drive. The first restaurant to come to the area was Shapiro's Delicatessen and the first residential component was the AMLI Apartments, now Carmel Center Apartments managed by NTS.

Pedcor Companies has also played a vital role in the development of City Center, building their corporate headquarters there and creating the mixed use development on the southwest corner of Range Line Road and City Center Drive, which includes retail, restaurant, residential and commercial components.

City  Center has also become home to The Center for the Performing Arts, including the Palladium and the 
Tarkington and Studio Theaters. This Center has nine resident companies and attracts talent from around the world and provides a wonderful venue for local and regional talent and community events.