Van Wert Cinemas

10721 Lincoln Highway,
Van Wert, OH 45891

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VAN WERT Theatre; Van Wert, Ohio (1941)

The 800 seat Van Wert Theatre was operating prior to 1940, when at that time it was part of the Schine Circuit. It was later twinned, and in the early-2000’s three more screens were added.

Van Wert Cinemas were destroyed by a tornado on November 10, 2002. The patrons were ushered from the auditoriums to the lobby and the rest rooms that were constructed much sturdier. The tornado also destroyed the adjacent Ridgeway Drive-In and the owners home.

The Van Wert Cinemas was rebuilt with five screens with the new entrance at 10709 Lincoln Highway.

Contributed by Chuck

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kencmcintyre on December 15, 2006 at 2:38 pm

This may be the only time I post from the Department of Commerce:

kencmcintyre on November 5, 2007 at 10:37 am

Here is another photo of the destruction in 2002:

kencmcintyre on August 12, 2009 at 11:12 pm

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

Bruce_Bartoo on March 1, 2012 at 12:27 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.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Hopefully someday they will reopen the drive-in back up.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 16, 2014 at 4:40 am

This should be listed as open as the cinemas have reopened since the tornado in the same building, although with additions and renovations.

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