Rhine Hall: more than just a venue

Downtown Kokomo has everything from fine dining to local shops, but it was lacking an indoor event venue for concerts, comedy and theatrical performances, and private events for a few years. That was the issue that Gary Rhinebarger wanted to solve when he established Rhine Hall.

Rhine Hall originated as a once-active church from the 1930s that was later abandoned. Rhinebarger fell in love with the classic and rustic design of the church and wanted to establish an event space that reflected its history while hosting modern events.

“When I started considering the interior of Rhine Hall, I was presented with many options, but most of those required major alterations to the interior such as the removal of the stained glass windows,” Rhinebarger said. “I knew those plans would take away the history and beauty of the building, so I went with the plan that allowed those aesthetic details to be kept while incorporating modern elements.”

Since its opening, it has hosted a variety of public events such as the Kokomo Funniest Comedian Series: Comedy for a Cause that brought top-notch comedians to perform for supporting local charities, magic shows, concerts, and more, as well as private events such as weddings. It has also become a member of the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce and a 2024 finalist for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance’s The Drive: a Business Pitch Competition.

There are plenty of event centers here in Kokomo, but only a few have a story to tell that is rooted in history. That is what makes Rhine Hall more than just a venue.

If you would like to learn more about this event space or are interested in hosting an event, visit here. You can also explore Rhine Hall’s events on the Visit Kokomo Calendar of Events.


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