What is the Kan-Kan, anyway?

A movie theater AND/OR restaurant. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure novel come to life! The theater and the Brasserie are two separate experiences: on any given night, you can swing by for a movie, a drink, dinner, or all of the above. We wanted a place where good conversation, food, and movies ran together. 

Why is it called the Kan-Kan?

In his book Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut wrote of a “karass:” a group of people linked in a cosmically significant way. The instrument that brings a person into his or her karass is called a “kan-kan.” We hope to be a place that brings people who are cosmically linked—by their Indianapolis addresses, their search for joy and meaning, their love of good food and movies—together


What exactly do you mean by “arthouse cinema”?

We screen all manner of films! We like to focus on the small-budget, big-idea-driven, endlessly-fun-to-talk-about movies. Something for everyone: narratives, old favorites, documentaries, classics, comedies, works from local filmmakers, you name it. And, we also curate a number of different film series and unique movie-going experiences.

Who’s picking these movies?

Our film program is curated by Daniel Arthur Jacobson and Louise Henderson, two Indianapolis filmmakers and movie experts who hope to fill a void in the local cinema landscape while also choosing films that reflect the cultural sensibilities and address the social issues that affect Indianapolis.  

Is it a dine-in theater?

Definitely not. The Brasserie is a standalone restaurant that resides in the Kan-Kan. You don’t have to buy a movie ticket to eat (or drink) there. But you certainly can make a night of it by coming in for dinner and a movie (or a movie and dinner, as the case may be), or just drinks and conversation anytime. We have a concession stand for moviegoers and you can bring your beer or cocktail into the theatre.


So there’s a restaurant there?

Yes! The Brasserie is a full-service European-inspired bistro helmed by chef Abbi Merriss – well-known in Indy (and the whole country, actually) for her award-winning work at Bluebeard. There is a beer, wine and a cocktail program, too. Current hours are 5:00pm – 11:00pm. The Brasserie will be closed August 23 & 34. The Brasserie bar will be open, however. We do not accept reservations.


I am a member: how do I “log in”?

Easy! If you are an existing member, when you’ve selected the movie you want to attend, click the Sign In/Register link at the top of the page. Be sure to use the same email address used to create your membership. Once signed in, the system will apply your membership benefits to your ticket purchase. If you have any trouble accessing your account (or can’t quite remember which email address you used – it happens) email Abby (abby@kankanindy.com) or show up to the theater!

I live nearby. Do I qualify for a neighbor membership?

While we very much believe that you’re our neighbor in a cosmic/Mr. Roger’s neighborhood sense, only residents of Windsor Park, Spades Park, and Springdale are eligible for a neighbor membership. To redeem a neighbor membership, swing by the theater with some ID and proof of address and we’ll get you signed up!

Planning your visit


Yes. We have a free parking lot and – when full – street parking. Please be respectful of our neighbors!

Help! I’m trying to make the next show time but I’m stuck behind the train!

Be patient! Or, turn around and take 10th street.


Argh no thank you. We’re taking precautions to keep you safe! We follow the protocols of the CinemaSafe program and follow all local and state guidelines. With the rise of cases due to the delta mutation, mask use is encouraged and our staff are wearing masks at this time. We have installed advanced HVAC filtration in our theatres.

Theater Rentals & Private Dining

We’re in. We have three theaters and two event rooms available for all sorts of occasions. First step: fill out the contact form on our Rentals page and we’ll get back to you ASAP to discuss your event.


We got you! Our theater and restaurant are ADA accessible & we have assistive devices for those with low hearing, low vision or are hearing impaired. When you arrive to the theater, let one of our employees know & we’ll get you set up.

Where can I get merch?

Best question yet. Merch is available at the Kan-Kan box office or at Stomping Ground Indy – a locally-owned business and our neighbor in the blue house next door!

I have more questions!

That’s a statement! But you can reach a real person at hello@kankanindy.com