Liberty Theater

161 W. Main Street,
Lancaster, OH 43130

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The Liberty operated as a theater from the 1920s to the 1950s. It was being used as office space by AEP Fuel Supply a few years ago.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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bprince on July 16, 2007 at 11:42 pm

Are you sure of the name? I don’t recall the Liberty. I do recall the Lyric,at 141 W. Main St. in Lancaster. Could this be the theater you are referring to?

Randall on August 10, 2007 at 5:44 am

The Liberty was originally called The Hippodrome. I’m not sure when it was renamed. but it remained The Liberty until the mid 1950’s. Around 1955, the third floor was removed and the building was converted into a Sears store.

The Liberty was a narrow theatre with support columns at the back center of the auditorium. I’ve been told that you had to sit in a specific place to avoid the columns blocking your site lines. The Liberty was home to second and third run films, but most notably it was the place to see “B” westerns and serials.

There is virtually no trace of the Liberty left. If you look at the building, the entrance was beneath the three far right windows.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2011 at 12:06 am

The Arcadia Publishing Company’s book “Lancaster” has a 1906 photo of this theater as the Hippodrome. An earlier page has a later photo giving a partial view of the Liberty Theatre marquee.

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