Rock Theater

139 W. Liberty Street,
Medina, OH 44256

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The MEDINA THEATER, Medina, Ohio

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The Medina Theater was a 1937 conversion of the Masonic Temple. It had a seating capacity of 870 and was operated by the Schine Circuit. It was later twinned and known as the Medina Twin Theater, it closed in April of 2000.

It was purchased in 2003 and renovated and was known as the the Rose Theater. Used for live concerts and movies it was closed in around 2007 and became the Rock Theater, which closed in 2008.

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bdoo291 on November 10, 2007 at 1:57 pm

This theater was called the Medina Twin theater. It was originally one screen and the length of the theater was divided in half to create two screens. The Rose Theater has since closed andit became he Rock Theater, hosting rock band concerts. That has since closed and the theater is now vacant. I was in it last week. One theater is still all original including projectors, an the other theater is gutted and painted all black featuring a stage for bands.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Here is the Rock Theater website. According to their website, they are closed.

kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 2:29 am

The Rock Theater website is now defunct.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 22, 2008 at 6:54 am

I’ll alert the media.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

It was a twin at one time so I guess that screens should be two. The architect was George H. Burrows.

Medina Masonic Temple and Medina Theater (added 2002 – Building – #02001210)
120 N. Elmwood Ave. and 139 W. Liberty St., Medina

Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Ridley and Glazier, Burrows, George Howard
Architectural Style: Classical Revival
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Social History, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949, 1950-1974
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture, Social
Historic Sub-function: Meeting Hall, Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture, Social
Current Sub-function: Meeting Hall, Theater

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

Ridley & Glazier were the architects of the original 1925 Masonic Temple building, but according to the Medina Masonic Temple Company web site, the theater project of 1937 was the work of architect George Howard Burrows.

More than half the theater’s footprint is in this annex, including the stage house, but the rear portion of the theater is in the original 1925 building. The entrance is in a structure also added onto the south side of the Temple as part of the 1937 project.

The modifications converting the house to a two-screen theater were done in 1972.

indyarchs on June 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Plans are in the works to renovate this.

DavidGill on November 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

I don’t think it was “twined” in 1972. I went there as a high school student through 1981 or so and it was still in it’s original full configuration.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm

This house reopened in 2012 as the Medina Community Theatre (official web site.) However, the house has only been showing movies occasionally. Religious services are also sometimes held in the auditorium. Renovations are ongoing, mostly with volunteer help.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

DavidGill: I don’t recall the source for the 1972 twinning. It wasn’t on the Medina Masonic Temple Company web site (which is now gone, but I checked the Wayback Machine for it.) The source might also be gone from the Internet, as I can’t find it. However, as you went to the theater in 1981 and say it was still a single screen then, I’ll take your word for it. (It’s entirely possible that my source said 1982 and I made a typo and failed to notice it.)

Anyway, I’m glad to see that the theater is open again, even if it’s only showing movies part time.

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