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The audience evacuates the Star Plaza Theater after the curtain on the right side of the stage started on fire during a plate spinning performance of The New Shanghai circus at the Star Plaza Theater Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Merrillville, Ind. | Scott M. Bort - Sun-Times Media

Indiana Theater Catches Fire During Performance

A dangerous curtain fire stopped a circus performance and terrified a crowd at the Star Plaza Theatre in Northwest Indiana Wednesday night.