Ohio Theatre

40 W. Ohio Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Ohio Theatre

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The Ohio Theatre opened on November 15, 1919. Seating was listed at 1,500 which included balcony seating. The architect for the theatre was Norman H. Hill. The Ohio Theatre had two different organs. I could find no info on the first but the second was a Marr-Colton 3 Manual.

The Ohio Theatre was noted for many firsts in Indianapolis, it played the first nude film titled “This Nude World” in 1933. It had the first sound sex film in 1933 titled “The 7th Commandment”. The Ohio Theatre had the first reserved seat talkie in May of 1932 titled “Grand Hotel”.

The Ohio Theatre closed in 1970, and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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[Deleted] on October 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The console of one of the Marr and Colton organs mentioned above is now part of a theater organ that is being installed in the Grand Theater of East Greenville, P.A. See www.thegrandtheatre.org for details.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm

It was a SETTOS THEATRE with the homeoffice in the OHIO THEATRE. George Settos was the owner.

DavidZornig on May 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Below copy accompanied the banner photo of the Ohio Theatre on the Historic Columbus, Indiana Facebook page.

One of several Frank Rembusch owned theaters in central Indiana. At the time (summer, 1919), Rembusch was also having a new theater built in Martinsville, Indiana. As of 1919, Rembusch owned the American Theatre in Columbus (later, the Rio). It would be another four years before he would lease the Crump Theatre from the Crump heirs. This is the Ohio Theater, 40 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, opened November 15, 1919 (demolished in the 1970s). Architect was Norman Hill. Hill was architect for several buildings in Columbus— —the original East Columbus School (State Street), 1905, demolished in the 1970s —Columbus High School gymnasium (Central School campus), 1923, demolished in 2008 —Wilson building (Central school campus), 1923, demolished in 2008

DavidZornig on May 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm

I believe the copy I posted was written by David Sechrest, who authored the book “Columbus Indiana’s Historic Crump Theater”, published by The History Press.

Below is a link to the Historic Columbus, Indiana Facebopok page.


rivest266 on October 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

Grand opening ad in photo section

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