Marion Theatre

170 W. Center Street,
Marion, OH 43302

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

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

obie
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.

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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 11, 2007 at 3:40 pm

A Kimball theater organ was installed in the Marion Theater in 1928.

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 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.

kencmcintyre
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 3:33 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:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/marionbefore.jpg
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/marionafter.jpg

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 10, 2007 at 3:32 pm

I entered “theater” in the search box below “inside this book”. The results were page 17 and page 20. I clicked on page 17 and received the following:

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Was it a nice photo? :(

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 10, 2007 at 3:21 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 10, 2007 at 3:08 pm

Do you need an account to view the photo, I’m being asked to sign in. I feel like I’m on the old tv show “What’s My Line?”.

kencmcintyre
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:
http://tinyurl.com/27otvs