Grand Theater

N. Main Street & W. Wayne Street,
Dunkirk, OH 45836

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The Grand Theater opened in 1934 in a building that formerly housed a hotel. Lewis Douglas owned and operated the theater with his two sons from 1954 until it was destroyed in a fire in December 1963.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm

The apparent source for the Grand Theatre’s description says that the house had operated “…for approximately 29 years, nine under Douglas' ownership” at the time of the 1963 fire. Presumably written many years after these events, the article appears to have been mistaken about the length of the theater’s tenure. The Ohio section of the “Theaters Under Construction” column of The Film Daily for April 9, 1938, had this item:

“Dunkirk — Grand, 275 seats, Main St. (4-6-38); Architect: W. Burke; Operator: W. M. Day.”
Being a remodeling job on an existing building, the project probably didn’t take too long and the Grand probably opened well before the end of 1938. A rather blurry photo at the bottom of the page I linked to shows what I think is probably the marquee of the Grand, dripping with icicles in the December air.

I’ve found a single reference to a theater called the Star that operated in Dunkirk earlier. It was listed as a member of the American Motion Picture League in the December 20, 1913, issue of Moving Picture World.

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