Strand Theater

232-236 West Main Street,
Van Wert, OH 45891

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Schines Van Wert

The Auditorium Theater was built in 1908. By 1920, it had been renamed Strand Theater, and was listed as (Closed) in 1941, its last operator being the Schine Circuit. It had re-opened by 1943, and served the citizens of Van Wert for many years before it was condemned in the early-1950’s. The theater was demolished in 1954.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

The Strand Theatre was in operation under that name by 1920. these comments on a Van Wert Forum web page indicate that the Strand was an old theater once called the Auditorium, a photo of which can be seen on this page at Silent Era. The Auditorium is listed in the 1908 Cahn guide as a ground floor theater of 1000 seats. It was called the Auditorium Opera House on a photo postcard reproduced on page 81 of Van Wert County, by Cheryl Bauer. A 1902 list of theaters in Ohio had only a 500-seat, second-floor theater listed for Van Wert, so the Auditorium was built between 1902 and 1908.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 16, 2014 at 4:42 am

Address was 232-236 W Main St.

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