THIS JUST IN: Polk Drive-In Theater honors stories of Martindale-Brightwood

The Harrison Center has expanded the number of curated short films available for free public viewing at the Polk Drive-In Theater, which can be seen from the Provider Coffee parking lot at 16th Street and the Monon Trail.

The drive-in experience, which originally debuted in February 2020, now includes six films with a showtime just under 30 minutes. The films run on a continuous loop and are projected in partnership with BlackInk IT on the side of the Polk Stables Building daily from 6:30 p.m. to Midnight. The free viewings will continue indefinitely. For more information, visit
The exhibit, which follows social distancing guidelines, honors and represents the stories of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood and its residents. In addition, viewers are invited to tune their radio to 88.1 FM to listen to the accompanying audio while safely seated in their cars. Audio includes original, place-based songs by resident musicians at the Harrison Center.

Films include:

  • A Day in the Life of Polk by Bruce Buescher
  • Legacy: Greatriarchs of Martindale-Brightwood by Yeabsera Tabb and Tremayne Reed
  • Celebrating the Greatriarchs by Yardbox Films
  • Rough Riders by Yardbox Films
  • 1715 by Lily Tice
  • Three Years of PreEnact Indy by Yardbox Films

“The impacts of this year have demanded a reinvention of our service to the community,” said Joanna Taft, executive director of the Harrison Center. “These short films allow us to continue to celebrate the stories of our long-term neighbors and energize and inspire the community, all while keeping people safe.”

PHOTO ABOVE: The film shorts spotlighting the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood are shown on the north side of the Polk Stables building on East 16th Street and the Monon Trail.