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Robert Haines Co. has been renovating and restoring some of the most prominent and well-known buildings in Indianapolis for 85 years. We’re proud to leave our high-quality, expert touch on famed architecture throughout the state of Indiana and beyond.

All Indianapolis residents know about the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT). Rooted in the heart of Circle City, IRT produces top-quality, professional theatre and community programming to Hoosiers everywhere. Thousands of schools, families and theatre lovers travel from all corners of the state to enjoy IRT productions during show season, making it an important community gathering place.

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Founded in 1972, IRT moved to its current home on West Washington Street in 1980. As a trusted restoration and renovation expert, our Robert Haines Co. team was called upon to keep this entertainment venue standing strong and looking just as good as it did when it was built in 1927. We completed various structural improvements that have withstood decades of unpredictable Midwestern weather.
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How much do you know about the Indiana Repertory Theatre? Here are some quick facts:

  • IRT is the largest non-profit theatre in the state of Indiana.
  • IRT is the only Indiana resident theatre that produces a full season of plays using full-time professionals.
  • Over the years, IRT has won prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, the Shubert Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Theatre Communications Group-Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • IRT is one of the most youth-oriented professional theatres in the country. During the 2018-2019 season, 40,000 students and teachers from 54 of Indiana’s 92 counties were involved in its educational programming.
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As one of Circle City’s most popular entertainment venues, it’s important to maintain IRT’s rich history so it can continue to serve the community for years to come. It’s been an honor for our Robert Haines Co. team to preserve the beauty of IRT, and we will continue to provide not only Indianapolis, but the rest of the state, with our high-quality, advanced and innovative services for many more decades to come.