LaRoy Theater

E. Gallia Street and Gay Street,
Portsmouth, OH 45662

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The largest and finest vaudeville theater in south-central Ohio, the LaRoy Theater in Portsmouth, Ohio, was a joint venture of two local businessmen: Simon Labold and Thoms Conroy.

The LaRoy Theater opened in 1926 with “high-class vaudeville” and silent films. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The theater was the entertainment showplace of the region until it closed in 1973 for a street-widening program. The final film was “Gone With the Wind”.

Contributed by Robert Craycraft

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kencmcintyre on November 2, 2006 at 12:18 pm

On 1/18/43, “Rise and Shine” with Jack Oakie and Linda Darnell was playing at the LaRoy. The other theaters in the Portsmouth area at the time were the Eastland, Westland, Strand, Lyric, Warner’s Columbia, Garden and Stanley.

Ziggy on April 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Thank goodness for street widening (he said sarcastically)! Portsmouth may have lost a viable downtown business, but now people can drive down the block 4 tenths of a second faster!

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