Marion Theatre

170 W. Center Street,
Marion, OH 43302

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The Marion Theatre was considered the top cinema in town until being overshadowed by the larger and grander Palace Theatre.

But the Marion Theatre retained its first-run status and was handsomely modernized in 1938. More information is needed about its history and the current status of the site.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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kencmcintyre on November 10, 2007 at 2:55 pm

This book, available for sale on Amazon, has a photo of the Marion Theater on page 17. Enter “theater” as a search term:

kencmcintyre on November 10, 2007 at 3:21 pm

No, just go to “search inside the book” and enter theater.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 10, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Here are two views of the auditorium, the first showing the original decor, and the second the 1938 modernization. Apparently, only the beams across the ceiling were retained:

kencmcintyre on November 10, 2007 at 3:36 pm

I think I know what the problem is. I signed up with Amazon years ago to buy some Xmas presents. It may have automatically logged me in. Sorry about that. And yes, it was a nice photo.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 10, 2007 at 3:54 pm

The caption to the book photo shows the original entrance, and says that the Marion Theatre first opened in 1915 and closed in 1953. The caption also describes it as “a vaudeville house,” but I suspect that the Marion also presented movies from its start.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 10, 2007 at 3:58 pm

P.S. The Marion was listed in the 1957 FDYB, so perhaps that 1953 closing date is incorrect. Also, the 1957 FDYB does not list the Palace Theatre, so that might have closed before the Marion did.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2008 at 8:09 am

Here are new links to “before and after” views described above on 11/10/07 at 3:33pm:
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obie on September 6, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Status: The Marion Theatre has been closed for at least 30 or 40 years. The building stood as was for many years until Carrols Jewelery (located in the same building)remodeled the front lobby into part of their store. The theatre was located behind the store fronts across the back of the building. Sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s the auditorium was torn down and used for off street parking. Sometime in the 2000’s the Uhlers building next door had a fire on one of the floor above the theatre and burnt the entire building where the theatre and Carrols Jewelers were located to the ground.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2011 at 4:32 am

The Marion Theatre has been demolished, per obie’s comment above.

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