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Interior and exterior photos added.
Added two photos of exterior.
Photos of marque as Quimby and State added.
I thought this theater was finished, but, according to articles from the Journal-Gazette and News Sentinal, posted on FortWayne.com, the city has awarded new owner Even Keel Productions $40,000 for facade improvement.
In June 2013, Even Keel owner, Rick Kinney purchased the property for $500, after it had been plagued by unpaid taxes, lawsuits, and unrealized dreams. Keel posted that he is “committed to renovating the Clyde Theater and adjacent commercial spaces to fill the need for multi-functional performing arts facility…
The architectural firm of MSKTD is managing the renovations.
More information on fortwayne.com.
Cinerama is a registered trademark, last renewed Sept.2010 by Cinerama, Inc, 120 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles,CA. I was fairly certain that was the case since a handful theaters still do at times show Cinerama, i.e Cinerama Dome.
Great piece of work. I ran a drive-in in Frankfort, IN in 1977 for Sportservice Theaters, then went to Anderson, IN and managed the North Drive-In and Paramount and State Theaters. The colored circular ‘Coming Attractions’ were what I used, great memories.
I believe this theater was also called ther Riveria. I can almost make out the letters on the building in the photo. Part of the roof collasped in I believe 1979. The theater was open but fortunately no one was hurt. At the time it was owned by Spiro-Mallers Theaters. I was manager of the Paramount when this happened. At first I thought it was a fire, as a cloud of dust billowed out of the theater followed by the audience. I talked to the projectionist the same evening(I remember it was Sunday) he said he saw a lot of particles and drops of water through the beam of light from the projector, and hit the house lights, stopped the movie. It was thought that water accumulation on the roof caused the cave in. I went into the theater and looked at the damage, I would estimate that about a 12' wide section came down across the width of the auditorium, you could see the sky. It never reopened.
Could have this also been known as the Logansport-Peru Drive-in? I did ads for Sportservice Theaters, who took over Cinecom in late 70’s, and remember putting in ads for a Logansport drive-in.
The building was purchased on 10/29/10 by Moon Property Management for $109,400 in back taxes. According to a Coshocton Tribune article of the same date, Mr. Moon plans to complete the project with help from the community.
The Cinema 1, aka State, Quimby Theater closed in 1978. This is from “A Pictorial History of Muskingum County page 74, published by the Zanesville Times Recorder, 1994.
The Liberty closed on 11/27/1974. This is from “A Pictorial History of Muskingum County,” published by the Zanesville Times Recorder in 1994. Three exterior photos are on pages 72 and 73. One has “Fairwell Miss Liberty” on the marquee.
This was the home of Sherwin-Williams for quite a while. “Imperial” spelled in tile remains on the sidewalk. I was told by relatives they showed mostly ‘B’ movies, focusing on westerns.
It was the home of Main Office Supply for many years.
Primary function was movies, live performances secondary. I believe the 1st Liberty Theater was converted to a J.C. Penney store. It was also on 5th Street.
I actually think it was razed in 1974. I was operating the Star on 6th St., one block away, and remember it still being up in 74. Just before the demolition started the marquee was turned on. It would be nice to have a picture of that.
This looks similar to the Clyde, aka Quimby, Theater in Fort Wayne, In.
After Cinecom, it was operated by Sportservice Theaters, along with Ft. Wayne’s Lincolndale and E. 30 Drive-in.
No work has been done for over a year now. Have not heard of any plans either. Correction to my previous post, the large screen that was in front of the stage was for CinemaScope, not Cinerama.
Most of the Alliance properties went to Cinecom, then through a legal settlement to Sportservice Theaters. Sportservice sold all their theaters in the 80’s. I do not know if any of their drive ins survived, notable loss Miles in Cleveland, OH. Beautiful Paramount and State Theaters in Anderson still survive.
The address above is technically correct, however Mapquest and Yahoo! maps have coordinates in their databases that are several miles off. Instead use Marion St. & Coal Street, 43728 to locate the theater.
Work was started to convert the theater into a nightclub. However, nothing has been done for several months. It has been ‘untwinned’, restoring the large auditorium to it’s original size. The stage is now exposed. Most people do not know it was built with a stage that was covered by the large cinerama screen, shortly after opening, that was not moveable. Hopefully, someone will resume working on this facility and once again open it to the public.