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bjshaffer commented about Speedway Auto Theatre on Apr 29, 2009 at 1:51 am

John Tabor, who operated the Speedway, operated under the name Jodi Theatres.

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bjshaffer commented about Speedway Auto Theatre on Apr 29, 2009 at 1:48 am

The Speedway Auto Theatre was hit by a tornado in 1987 and the center section of the tower was blown in on the field. The box office was still standing after the storm. I have run across some photos that were sent to me after the storm. I was there for a visit before the tower came but can’t find any photos just video.

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bjshaffer commented about State Theatre on Apr 29, 2009 at 1:42 am

John Tabor also had the Speedway Drive-In. He also had a theatre in Bellfontaine, Ohio, which is where he lived and had his office. He had a couple of other theatres but I don’t remember where they were.

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bjshaffer commented about State Theatre on Apr 22, 2009 at 12:46 am

The State Theatre was torn down in the mid-eighties. I scrambled around in the rubble in the middle of the night til I found a whole brick as a remembrance. I was told it had been an opera house at one time. I worked the ticket booth at the Wayne Theatre in the winter and managed the Speed-Way Drive-In in the summer.