Grand Theater

304 W. Main Street,
Ronceverte, WV 24970

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Grand Theater

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Built in 1937, from the late-1940’s to the early-1950’s the WRON radio station was located upstairs in the Grand Theatre building. The Grand Theater closed in the 1960’s. The building still stands.

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Clarksburg
Clarksburg on October 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm

A really nice Art Deco Type of Theater that need to be renovated possibly as a live entertainment Venue especially for Artists unable to book into the prestigious Carnegie hall of Lewisburg or possibly a branson type of venue.Just a suggestion!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

What Great one sheet case.I found one that could be set outside the Theatre it has beautiful wood trim work,Found it in the Knox Theatre back by an exit door,Hopefully,someone saved the one Chuck put on.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Here is an article about the Grand Theatre from the web site Main Street Ronceverte. The article says that the theater was built in 1937, and was designed by John Norman Sr., one of the state’s first African American architects.

The Grand has been placed on the 2011 Endangered Properties List of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. PAWV provides this gallery of photos depicting the Grand as it is today (I’ve been unable to track down any vintage photos.) A non-profit organization, the Ronceverte Development Corporation, intends to buy the Grand to preserve it from demolition. The plans are to eventually convert the theater into a community college facility for cinema arts, and convert the former radio studios upstairs into a recording studio.

PAWV calls the house Shanklin’s Grand Theatre. James C. Shanklin was apparently the original operator of the Grand. He died in 1958, and his obituary can be found on this page of Boxoffice for March 10 that year.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

great News,joe thanks.

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