Ohio Theatre

122 W. North Street,
Lima, OH 45801

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OHIO Theatre, Lima, Ohio in the 1920s.

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Opened as the Ohio Theatre on 17th November 1927 with “Tea For Three” starring Lew Cody and Aileen Pringle and vaudeville on stage. The architect Peter M. Hulsken teamed up with fellow architect Lyman T. Strong to design the theatre which was built in just over five months.

Originally operated by the Schine Circuit, it was later taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. by 1941. Later operated by RKO-Stanley Warner which closed it in the fall of 1978 and put it up for sale.

Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2007 at 11:24 am

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1775 style H 3M was installed in the Ohio Theater on 10/29/1927. Status: sold.

Five5TBird
Five5TBird on December 15, 2007 at 7:18 pm

The Ohio Theatre in Lima, OH is now for sale for $493,000. Here is a link to the realtor’s website that gives an interesting video tour of the theater in its present incarnation as a nightclub (click on :Home in Motion link):

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It looks relatively well preserved, even though some of the paint colors are questionable, but probably suited for a nightclub.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on December 15, 2007 at 10:24 pm

Oh… my….. god. <gasp> <sob>

Warning – video tour of the theater, as it looks today, is not for the weak of heart.

And to think that this used to be a Hulskin. Something tells me, he wouldn’t understand.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm

1975 Marquee,done by a pro.Thanks for picture,Chuck1231.

stevepatrick
stevepatrick on September 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Any updates on this theater?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

According to this YouTube video, it was operating as of 2009 as Rosey’s’s Cantina, a music/dance hall; this other video indicates that it featured “sumo wrestling.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 15, 2013 at 3:17 am

A one-page article about the Ohio Theatre in Lima appeared in the January 7, 1928, issue of Motion Picture News. There is an interior photo.

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