Van Wert Theatre

147 E. Main Street,
Van Wert, OH 45891

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VAN WERT Theatre; Van Wert, Ohio (1941)

Located at the corner of E. Main Street and N. Market Street. The 800 seat Van Wert Theatre was opened in September 1935 by the Schine Circuit. It was closed in the 1990’s.

By May 2018 the building was on offer ‘To Lease’ as offices & retail, after being in use by Addkins, Bookkeepers & Tax Service

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kencmcintyre on August 13, 2009 at 7:12 am

Here is a February 1940 ad from the Van Wert Times-Bulletin:

Bruce_Bartoo on March 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

That ad is for the downtown Schine’s Van Wert Theatre, which is probably the 800 seat house referred to above. I know that it had been closed for quite awhile by the mid-1990s. The repurposed building still stands, minus marquee and decorative frills, on the northwest corner of East Main and North Market Streets.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2020 at 6:13 am

The August 22, 1935 issue of the Van Wert Daily Bulletin said that Schine’s Van Wert Theatre, at the corner of Main and Market streets, was in the final stages of construction. The opening was expected to take place in early Septmeber. Schine were also taking over the lease on the Strand Theatre, which would be closed for remodeling after the new house had opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 28, 2020 at 12:20 am

10721 Lincoln Highway is the address of the Van Wert Cinemas, the modern multiplex in an outlying neighborhood. The Van Wert Theatre was at 147 E. Main Street, aka 147 Lincoln Highway. Google street view.

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