853 Copley Road,
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The Copley Theatre opened March 27, 1947, operated for a brief period until 1952. It reopened in 1953 in it’s more notable form as the longtime home of WAKC Channel 23, which was for many years the local Akron-based ABC affiliate. It funtioned in this capacity until 1996 when the station was converted and sold, eventually winding up as a PAX affiliate.
Although Channel 23 (now WVPX) still operates as as iTV (“Independent TV”, the new version of PAX), Paxson Communications (parent of PAX) sold the building in 1997 to Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church – the current owner and tenant.
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