Mayfair Theatre

22 East 5th Street,
Dayton, OH 45402

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sargebehr
sargebehr on September 29, 2010 at 9:36 am

As to Lakeside Park, you might want to search ‘YouTube’ for a video named ‘Flying Turns’ – it shows a great clip of the ‘Flying Turns’ coaster ride in 1930, as well as a few views of the park, when it opened at Lakeside that year (the first such opening of this very nationally-popular ride then at any amusement park). It’s set to ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ by Benny Goodman, too. The guys loved this ride so much because the women had to sit between their legs (quite ‘risque’ by 1930 public standards)! Lakeside was, as was Franke’s Forest Park, located off N. Main Street, originally a ‘trolley park’, built with the privately-owned streetcar lines so their patrons could take a streetcar/trolley to its terminus and enoy a fun day at the park. This line also accessed the Veterans Military Home nearby. I think one of the MTA trolley lines still follows the streetcar’s path in Dayton.

As to the Mayfair Theater, I remember it well on E. Fifth St. downtown – not a ‘classy’ place or area to be in. One of my Beavercreek HS teachers (Harold Solomon, I think his name was, a kind of a ‘New Age’ thinker then)in the early 1960’s (maybe 1961) took several of us students to see the show there one evening (parents thought it was a school outing) and as I remember, the ‘star’ performers were ‘Busty Russell’ and ‘Chesty Morganna’ – one of them, rumored to have size 73 DD’s, could take her breasts and fling them under her arms and over her shoulders! Quite an experience for teenagers back then!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 7, 2009 at 9:17 am

This site has a 1960s photo that shows the Mayfair Theater.

MSURFER
MSURFER on March 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Any one been in the Masonic Temple movie theatre in Dayton Ohio? It was built in 1928??It is magnificent!!!

MSURFER
MSURFER on March 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Heard that ohio had more drive in theaters than any other state in late 50’s thru 1960’s Is it true?

MSURFER
MSURFER on March 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm

lakeside park is now us rt 35 west-

MSURFER
MSURFER on March 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

In 1966 I was 17-Lakeside Amusement Park- was closed and not operationg- but everything was still there and intact-It was a winter night—dusk-snowing-I went over the fence-into the old park-everything was still there- the bumper cars stood frozen-the huge laughing lady in the chicken wire cage-still stood there- grinning her hideos macabre grin-silent in the snow-all the little rides were still there! the carnival art work on the wood fencing that winded thru the park was still there- an art styles of the early 1900’s and 40’s and 50’s-it was so eerily beautiful-the grand merry go round-was there -I gave it a shove and got on it -it slightly moved a bit-the old roller coaster loomed in the now dark sky like a giant skeleton-all so surreal—Im just glad I was gutsy and went over that fence to see my beloved Lakeside park-before they leveled it-It sure is a great memory-im glad i have-1966……

MSURFER
MSURFER on March 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I danced at colonial theater in 1955 in a ballet dance recital-is now a lutheran church-any one remember the ice cream palor adjacent to the theater dayton ohio?

ZookieFreddie
ZookieFreddie on February 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Concerning Lakeside Amusement Park way out in the SW area of Dayton, I used to ride the bus from Hamilton, Ohio with my mom who played bingo here while I went out and rode the rides. This was in the 1950s and all I can remember still in operation was the roller coaster (rickity wooden model) and the Merry-Go-Round, which was nice and clean. The bingo was in what was a huge dance hall facing onto the lake. I remember the entire place being demolished in the mid 1960s.

coolsurfmarianne
coolsurfmarianne on February 9, 2008 at 5:12 am

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY PICTURES OF OLD “LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK” DAYTON OHIO? OR JUST MEMORIES?? COOLSURFMARIANNE

coolsurfmarianne
coolsurfmarianne on February 9, 2008 at 5:10 am

very interested in the old theatres of dayton ohio- i attended them all please

write me—coolsurfmarianne my email is:

driver62
driver62 on January 26, 2005 at 8:52 am

The Dayton Convention Center now sits on the site.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2005 at 10:38 am

William F. Gebhart’s Opera House opened to public acclaim on March 12, 1877. The elaborately domed and galvanized iron front opera house was heralded as the finest to have been built in Dayton at the time.
1889 the theater was leased to George A. Dickson and Larry Reist and renamed Park Theater. Well known for its live entertainment, Park Theater also introduced Dayton citizens to the magic of motion pictures.
In 1906 the building was leased to Hurtig-Seaman Shows, Inc., who wanted to open a high-class vaudeville house in the Dayton area. They were granted permission to raze the old hall section, without disturbing the front, and construct the auditorium at ground level. After doing so, the theater was renamed the Lyric.
In 1934 the theater again changed hands and became the Mayfair. The Mayfair went through several changes during the late 1940’s and into the 1950’s. In 1949 a lack of interest in burlesque led the management into changing the theater into a double-feature movie house. The first billing was Down to Earth with Rita Hayworth, and a B western starring Gene Autry. The movies didn’t pan out, however, and burlesque again filled the bill a year later. The theater almost closed for good in the late 1950’s, but the old lady got a reprieve at the last minute.
The Mayfair closed its doors for the final time in 1968. The last stripper to perform at the Mayfair was Morganna, (also known as Chesty Morganna) who made headlines for years as the “Kissing Bandit” who would run out onto the baseball fields and kiss the ballplayers. The opera house interior, strewn with debris and dirt, still held onto its tiered balconies to the very last. On January 19, 1969, the day before the theater was scheduled to be torn down, the building caught fire.