Theater used in Dillinger shootout up for sale

A South Bend, Ind., theater that was the site of a shootout after John Dillinger‘s last bank heist is going up for auction.

The historic State Theatre still bears bullet holes from police as they fired at Dillinger and his gang on June 30, 1934. A police officer was killed during the shootout. Dillinger is back in the public eye with the recent release of the movie “Public Enemies.”

The theater will be sold by NAI Global of Albuquerque, N.M., in an online auction which ends July 30.The former owner is a minister who bought the theater three years ago for Christian entertainment but who now faces a foreclosure threat.

Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents in Chicago less than a month later.

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