Kearse Theatre

161-167 Summers Street,
Charleston, WV 25301

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Kearse Theatre

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The Kearse Theatre opened in November 1922 on Summers Street between Fife Street and Quarrier Street. In the 1950 Film Daily Yearbook, the Kearse Theatre is shown as being open. Listed to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the theater was nonetheless demolished three years later.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 16, 2007 at 9:01 pm

Here is a 1949 ad from the Charleston Daily Mail:
http://tinyurl.com/2nvbut

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 19, 2007 at 7:39 am

Here is a June 1950 ad from the Charlesto Gazette:
http://tinyurl.com/2c5rgw

marcyw108
marcyw108 on September 19, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Does anyone have any good photos of the Kearse?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2007 at 2:12 pm

I don’t have any photos, but this is the nomination form for the National Register of Historic Places. There is alot of information about the former building on that form.

marcyw108
marcyw108 on January 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Does anyone else have any photos or info on the Kearse thester?

marcyw108
marcyw108 on July 25, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Awesome! Thanks for the info!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2012 at 1:33 am

The theater for which construction contracts had just been let, according to an item in the January 14, 1922, issue of The American Contractor, must have been the Kearse:

“Theater: $250,000. 4 or 5 sty. Charleston, VV. Va. Archt. Mills & Millspaugh Co., 67 E. Long st., Columbus. Owner T. K. Kearse, Circuit of Theaters. T. L. Mearse, gen. mgr., Strand Theater bldg., cor. Summers & State sts., Charleston. Gen. contr., including excav. fdn., let to E. L. Harris, 1568 Jackson St., Charleston. Brk. mas. & carp, work by supt. Rfg. to W. F. Shawer, Eagan St., Charleston. Fdns. drawn.”

Erasmusinwv2
Erasmusinwv2 on July 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Is this theater still around? I am in the process of buying and rehabbing the Philippi Grand and if it proves profitable I want to work on reopening other theaters in WV, KY, OH, PA, MD, and VA. There are so many wonderful old theaters with more character than any modern cookie cutter places.

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