Bucyrus Theater

304 S. Sandusky Avenue,
Bucyrus, OH 44820

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The Bucyrus Theater was built by the Schine Theaters chain and opened on February 14, 1936. They still operated it in the early-1960’s. It was closed in 1991 following a fire.

Restoration and funding has been on-going for many years, but in June 2013, the plug was pulled on restoration funding, and it was announced the building would be demolished.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 18, 2008 at 9:16 pm

It said “Wilkommen”, which is welcome in German. Maybe they were having a German film festival.

quasimodo
quasimodo on February 8, 2008 at 12:34 am

It appears that the Bucyrus has been purchased by a 501c3 corp. with the intention of restoring for use as a community theatre. The full article is here: View link

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 27, 2008 at 2:34 am

The offset name on the painted marquee sure looks out of place. Was it always called the Bucyrus? Any clue as to the origin of that name?

Wonder if any older photos exist that show the marquee in some earlier incarnations. It looks as if it was built for a more stately moniker.

larry
larry on August 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Nothing sadder than a shuttered theater with a decaying marquee

David Nedrow
David Nedrow on February 19, 2010 at 5:20 am

I just met the man who owned it for many years. He apparently purchased it 30 years ago, and was the person who “twinned” it, by closing in the balcony and building a wall down the middle of the auditorium. At the same time, the projection equipment was moved to the main floor.

bucytown
bucytown on June 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Wilkommen refers to the Bratwurst Festival, third weekend of August.
Bucyrus (Bu-Cy-rus) is combination of beautiful and Cyrus the Great.
Located in Crawford County Ohio, named after Col William Crawford.
The Bucyrus Little Theatre on Songer puts on plays and musicals.
The Bucyrus Comm Theatre is 3 blocks south of the Square on OH Rt 4.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 24, 2013 at 3:52 am

This web page about a Bucyrus Community Theatre is about this house. It says that the theater was built in the Art Deco style in 1936, and is now being restored after having been long vacant. Several web sites note that the Schine circuit opened the Bucyrus Theatre on February 14, 1936.

This article from early 2011, about a roofing job donated to the theater, mentions the theater having suffered a fire in 1991, after which it never reopened.

This single web page is as close to an official web site as I can find. It solicits contributions for the ongoing restoration project.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on August 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Just because someone loves it, doesn’t mean it will live forever. Let this be a cautionary tale for the Auburn NY Schine theater… time is NOT on your side!

Bucyrus Community Theatre too far gone to be saved (June 5, 2013)

BUCYRUS — Mayor Roger Moore informed Bucyrus City Council on Tuesday night that a downtown treasure soon will be torn down.

The board of directors met with city officials and have made the decision to terminate renovations of the Bucyrus Community Theatre.

“It is with deep regret that I must inform council and the citizens of this. It has come time to end the project,” Moore said.

Moore said the decision was based on many factors, most notably the severe deterioration of the structure and the lack of funding for the project.

Resident Joe Armbruster has spearheaded the renovation efforts the past 12 years.

“I must commend Joe and others. I know how he feels bad about not being able to complete it,” Moore said.

He added he hopes funding can be secured to demolish the building at 300 S. Sandusky Ave. “very soon.”

“A lot of people put their life and soul into the project. The building is just too far gone at this point,” Moore said.

One hurdle to funding the restoration was the exclusion of the building from the Bucyrus Historical District. Because it sits one block south of that district, the State of Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission would not release funding.

“I give Joe and the board five stars for being able to know when the time was right to make the final call on the curtain and end their efforts in restoring this building,” Moore said.

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See link for photo:

http://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/article/20130604/NEWS01/306040022/Bucyrus-Community-Theatre-too-far-gone-saved

Keith
Keith on October 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Building still standing but marquee is gone.

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