St. Marys Theater/Grand Opera House

119 W. Spring Street,
St. Marys, OH 45885

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Previously operated by: Chakeres Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Broad Theater, New Broad Theater

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St. Marys Theater/Grand Opera House

The St. Marys Theater/Grand Opera House opened in November 1895.

Considered to be one of the finest old theaters that still exists in the United States, the theater was still used for movies and live stage acts until around 2015. It has had the best of entertainers pass through the doors, such as John Phillip Sousa, Gene Autry, Jimmy Durante, Fanny Rice, and many others in the world of entertainment.

Contributed by Kim Barney

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 21, 2005 at 4:42 pm

The 1941 Film Daily Yearbook has this listed as the New Broad Theater with a seating capacity of 500. Two years later in the 1943 edition of F.D.Y. it is the St. Marys Theater, still with 500 seats. The 1950 edition of F.D.Y. lists the St. Marys Theater with a seating capacity of 613.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 5, 2007 at 7:12 pm

The Grand Opera House in St. Mary’s, OH was listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. J.L. Smith was the Mgr., and the seating capacity was 1,000. The house had both gas and electric illumination. The proscenium was 30 feet wide and the stage was 35 feet deep. The theatre was on the ground floor and there were 9 in the house orchestra. In addition to 2 weekly newspapers, there was the daily “Democrat”. Hotels were the Fountain and the Dieker House. The 1897 population of St. Mary’s was 6,500.

sparkster on May 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm

here is some inside photos of the St marys theatre
st marys ohio

I also went up in the loft and took many photos up there
I will be adding some pics of the ballroom and lobby areas soon
but in the meantime enjoy them.

Bryon Sparks

TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 3:56 am

Nice photo again Chuck 1231.

stevepatrick on October 21, 2010 at 3:32 am

Any word on what’s going on here and who is running this theatre?

Trolleyguy on April 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Website down and no Facebook page. Might be closed, phone disconnected.

Lisa2008 on February 19, 2018 at 3:32 am

Who owns this building currently?

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