Wayne Cinemas

540 S. Broadway,
Greenville, OH 45331

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Wayne Cinemas

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The only 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.

Contributed by Greg Asman

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm

The building looks fairly old.

I’ve found references to the Wayne Theatre as early as the November 9, 1935, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. At that time, and for many years after, the Wayne was operated by A. Macci & Sons. Members of the Macci family are mentioned in connection with the theater as late as 1953.

The February 3, 1975, issue of Boxoffice says that John Tabor had acquired the Wayne Theatre and Speedway Drive-In at Greenville. The item does not say whether or not the Wayne had been twinned yet.

A couple of issues of Movie Age from 1929 mention a National Theatre in Greenville. That might have been an earlier name for the Wayne or the State.

Pens
Pens on October 10, 2009 at 5:53 am

There was a house on the site of the Wayne Theater that was torn down in 1920. The theater was built shortly after that. I think it was originally a live theater. I don’t know when it was twinned because I moved away from Greenville in 1970. So sad to see it’s just a shadow of its former self.

The National Theater, according to a 1910 Greenville directory, was about 3 blocks north of the Wayne. The State Theater was actually on 3rd Street, about a half block off Broadway.

I saw many movies in both the Wayne and the State.

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.

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