Wayne Theater

613 Wayne Avenue,
Dayton, OH 45410

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The Wayne Theater opened on January 21, 1914. Designed by Oliver J. Ritzert, the entrance to the auditorium was through a lobby and corridor that were embellished with classic Grecian decorations. Inside the color scheme was green and gold. Side walls were done in silk green color, which complimented the cream colored ceiling.

Although primarily built to show motion pictures, live acts were also on the bill from time to time. The Wayne usually offered a double feature bill. Although the Wayne remained popular through the 1940’s, the slow decline of patronage to theaters in the 1950’s caused the Wayne to close in 1957.

The building has been demolished and is now a parking lot.

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