Kayton Theater

Fourth Avenue & Washington Street,
Montgomery, WV 25136

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The Kayton Theater was operating prior to 1941. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels. The Kayton Theater was still open in 1950.

Contributed by Kevin P. Kilburn

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2009 at 11:09 pm

The Kayton at Montgomery was in operation prior to 1946, when its operators, Leonard T. Houghton of Franklin, Pennsylvania, and Paul V. McKay of Montgomery, opened another Kayton Theatre in Franklin. The Kayton Amusement Company also operated the Orpheum Theatre in Montgomery during this period.

There had also been a Kayton Theatre at Grove City, Pennsylvania, operating at least as early as 1938, but it had been sold in early 1946 and renamed the Lee Theatre by its new owners.

KPKilburn on November 7, 2009 at 10:17 am


Any pictures of the Kayton? I’d love to see some. My barber back home has an original playbill for the Kayton from the 60s/70s!


Old_wiz66 on February 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I knew a Mr. Frank Sandor, who was the operator (and owner?) of the Kayton before it closed. I remember going there as I knew Mr. Sandor, and the theater had a balcony.

NJ on June 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Frank was my Godfather. I met him and my wife there(she was selling tickets)in 1965 while I was attending WVIT.

CSWalczak on June 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

There is something strange here; Comments and information on other websites indicate that the Kayton Theater – now the Barrow-Civic – in Franklin, PA was the Kayton Theater that replaced the fire-destroyed Park Theater in 1944. It would be too wild a coincidence if both Kaytons replaced fire-demolished Park Theaters.

NJ on June 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

@ CS – You’re right. The description notes single floor seating. The Kayton in Montgomery had a balcony. Trust me on that part;)

CSWalczak on June 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

The error has been fixed.

Erasmusinwv2 on July 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Is this theater still around? I am in the process of buying and rehabbing the Philippi Grand and if it proves profitable I want to work on reopening other theaters in WV, KY, OH, PA, MD, and VA. There are so many wonderful old theaters with more character than any modern cookie cutter places.

kpkilburn2 on March 11, 2014 at 8:13 am

The theater was torn down in the 70s to make way for a bank parking lot (Merchant’s National Bank, which is now City whose annex rests where the Kayton was).

kpkilburn2 on March 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

The Kayton was open in the early 70s. I remember my father taking me there to see Westworld, which was released in November 1973. It’s likely that it was a bit later with Westworld being shown as a second run. I also remember seeing Herbie Rides Again (summer 1974), but not 100% sure it was at the Kayton (could have been 7th Heaven in Cheylan, WV).

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