Center 3 Theaters
124 S. Wilson Street,
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Center Cinemas (Official)
Previously operated by: Video Independent Theaters Inc.
Architects: Jack M. Corgan, Frank Love, William J. Moore Jr.
Firms: Corgan & Moore
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Lyric Theater, Center Theater
There was a Lyric Theatre operating in Vinita by 1914 (no address given). This old historic theater opened in 1922 as the Lyric Theater, a single screen theatre. It featured live entertainment and movies. It was one of the earliest theaters constructed in the state. It was remodeled in the late-1930’s to the plans of architect Frank Love.
The theater has been completely renovated and made into a three screen venue featuring first run movies.
The front of the building has lost some of its luster during the renovation. The first level of the theater has been stuccoed over in a plain white. A new rather simple marquee has been added and a large vertical with “Center” down each side has been restored. The upper floors still remain a red brick with with sand stone trim around the windows.
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I drove past this theater a few days ago. I have some digital pictures which I will try to post later.
Here they are:
Here is a creative website with shots of the Center.
Try this one:
Designed in Craftsman Style, modern photos of the charming Centre Theatre can be seen here,
Still running Movies.that 1985 picture looked like it was on its last legs.
Like the neon under the marquee,cool.
Really sharp vintage interior & exterior photographs (when this theatre was known as the Lyric)
can be pulled on below link by typing in “vinita theatre”,
Look at vintage street views when this was still known as the Lyric. The State Theatre is also visible. Type in “wilson street looking south”
The Center was a segregated theatre. Persons of color sat in the balcony.