Wayne Cinemas

540 S. Broadway,
Greenville, OH 45331

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Wayne Cinemas

The last surviving movie house in Greenville. A renovated former live theatre built in the 1920’s and owned by Tony Macci. It had converted to movies by 1941, when the seating capacity was 460. It was split into two smaller theatres, each with 120 seats, in the late-1970’s or very early-1980’s. It was closed by 2014.

Contributed by Greg Asman

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 19, 2010 at 3:34 am

Strangely, though, the photos are captioned as “Former Wayne Theatre…” The films on the marquee are current, so it appears to be very much open.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 19, 2010 at 7:15 am

A 600-seat theater called Trainor’s Opera House was listed for Greenville, Ohio, in the 1906-1907 edition of Julius Cahn’s Official Theatrical Guide. It must have been the theater the Wayne replaced, according to the above comment by Pens. If the opera house lasted until 1920, odds are good that it, too, ran movies for a time.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on September 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Yes, but now it’s called the Wayne Cinema, or just Cinemas 1 & 2. I went with the old name.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Wonder how many twin theatres are still out there,and Showing First run.

Pens
Pens on June 23, 2011 at 2:22 am

The Trainor Opera House was on W. 3rd Street. It ran movies for awhile, I don’t know for how long. It burnt down in 1926. It was replaced by the State Theater which was demolished in 1981. The Wayne Theater is definitely still open but as a very nondescript twin.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

If it burned in 1926, it’s possible that the Trainor Opera House had become the Strand Theatre which, according to the November 27, 1926, issue of The Piqua Daily Call had been completely destroyed by a fire the previous night, along with an adjacent building. The fire was caused by the explosion of film in the projector. The Opera House was built by the I.O.O.F. in 1873.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 21, 2014 at 5:42 am

According to their website all Teicher Theatres are closed.

SethG
SethG on April 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

The 1930 Sanborn map shows it as movies. I doubt it was ever a live theater. It’s actually not very big. It’s not even as deep as the neighboring building.

SethG
SethG on April 6, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Construction date on the front is 1920, although the March 1920 map shows the house on the lot.

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