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October 27, 2022

Plan Your Night Out At The Old National Centre

In the heart of the Mass Ave Arts District, the Old National Centre in downtown Indianapolis is a wonderful place to enjoy live performance. The century-old structure, with its unique Moorish exterior and ornate interior, is a dazzling facility with great acoustics. But if you’re going to a show at this historic venue, why not enjoy everything the area has to offer? You’ll find some of the city’s best dining, nightlife, shopping, and more.

Indianapolis cityscape at dusk.

Need Tickets for The Murat Theatre Or Egyptian Room?

If you still want to call it the Murat, you’re not the only one. Formerly known as the Murat Shrine Temple, the Old National Centre features the best in Broadway-style plays, concerts, and comedy. Its largest venue is the Murat Theatre with seating for approximately 2,500. While tickets for the most popular shows -- like the smash-hit Hamilton -- will sell out fast, you can usually find seats at Only Indy Tickets. In fact, you might even find a better price than the box office for shows that don’t sell out.

Along with the Murat Theatre, the Egyptian Room is another great space at the Old National Centre for concerts and live events. Known for hosting the latest acts and favorites from the past, the Egyptian Room is an open area capable of accommodating up to 2,000 guests. Tickets are typically sold as general admission.


Parking At Old National Centre

If you get downtown early enough or reserve a spot, you can park directly at the facility. Use Alabama Street to enter the main lot in front of the building. There’s another lot off North Street, at the corner of North and New Jersey streets. If you reserve a spot, expect to pay around $20, but pricing may vary depending on the show. If you can’t find a space on site, you might try one of these nearby lots:

  • 363 Massachusetts Avenue

  • 219 N. Delaware Street

  • 515 E. North St.

Downtown Indy’s parking lot map will help you plan where to park.


Shopping On Mass Ave Before The Show

It only makes sense for a unique area of town to have some fun shops to explore. If you have time before your show, check out the following:

  • Silver in the City: Browse locally designed jewelry, a wide array of housewares, and oddities you won’t find anywhere else. Are you visiting from out-of-town and want to take home a souvenir? Don’t miss the Indy-themed gifts ranging from coffee cups and magnets to wall art and ornaments.

  • Homespun - Modern Handmade: Here’s your chance to support a great local business. Find everything from wearable artwork to tantalizing snacks including sweet and spicy pecans. This popular shop features contemporary work from over 300 craftspeople.

  • Boomerang Boutique: Express yourself with the help of this local boutique filled with an eclectic mix of apparel, accessories, and more. You’ll enjoy the owner’s playful line of t-shirts.


Dining Options Near The Old National Centre

All types of food are available in the foodie haven of Mass Ave. Most of the establishments below are listed in part due to their close proximity to Old National. Looking for something else? You’ll be able to find everything from seafood to tacos - and even seafood tacos - within a short walk.

Working late and don’t have time to get a table at one of the many Mass Ave restaurants? That’s OK as you can always get a quick bite and beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) right at the venue.


Continue The Party After The Show

If you’re young enough that you don’t have to rush home to relieve the babysitter, you may want to check out the area’s nightlife. Here are some late-night options to keep the party going:

If you’re into jazz music, you should make a separate trip downtown to the Chatterbox Jazz Club, an intimate setting for some incredible live music.


Hotels Near The Venue

Why not turn your night out into a little mini-vacation by staying downtown in one of the many nearby hotels? Get breakfast in the morning and do a little shopping before you head home. You’ll find lodging options at various price points, including the following hotels that are all within one mile of Old National Centre:

  • Hilton Garden Inn

  • Home2 Suites by Hilton

  • Hampton Inn

  • Conrad Indianapolis


Get Your Seats For The Old National Centre

Whether you want to sit in the center of the main floor or in the first couple rows of the balcony, Only Indy Tickets is sure to have options you will enjoy. Get your seats for the Old National Centre and don’t miss out on some of the finest entertainment Indianapolis has to offer.