Pantheon Theater 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 last week that Vincennes’ Pantheon Theatre didn’t receive a share of $11 million recently awarded through Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Development. Published reports say 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 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.