Fairmont Theater

416 Adams Street,
Fairmont, WV 26554

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Fairmont Theater

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The Fairmont Theater opened in 1946. It was a replacement for the original Fairmont Theater on the same site, which had been destroyed by fire in 1944. Like its predecessor, the Fairmont Theater was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels.

Later converted into a triple screen cinema, it was closed in late-2007. The building was demolished in September 2012.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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Sandra174 on October 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

Lost Memory, can you offer more information about the architect Victor Rigaumont? Any citations you can point me to? Thanks!

Mintish on November 11, 2010 at 8:07 am

It was in the paper this week that they’re going to demolish it soon, but are putting out a commemorative Christmas Ornament memorializing it, which is hardly a worthy replacement, alas.

TLSLOEWS on November 11, 2010 at 9:37 am

Thats too bad looks like a nice theatre from the outside.

Mintish on April 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I was in this building today, via a friend who was able to obtain the key. In less than 4 years, things have really gone downhill.

The drop-ceiling is collapsing and water is dripping everywhere. It is a mess. The drop-ceiling collapse has revealed a hidden vintage mural (jungle-themed and beautiful.)

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Mintish on April 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Anyway, the clock is ticking on this building and it will be demolished soon. I talked to some people and if ANYONE out there is interested in salvaging anything from this theatre, inside or outside, including the Vitrolite and marquee, PLEASE contact the Marion County, WV county commission ASAP, as they may be open to salvage possibilities.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Here is a web page that is mostly about the original Fairmont Theatre. It says that the house opened on June 4, 1923, and was destroyed by fire in February, 1945. The architect of the original Fairmont Theatre was Fred W. Elliot, of Columbus, Ohio.

The rebuilt Fairmont was opened on July 18, 1946.

AmusingTheZillion on March 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

I just came across a new “Save the Fairmont” Facebook page. The Fairmont was acquired by the county and is expected to be demolished to make way for a new building. It seems that others are trying to save the marquee and doors, via a petition, also posted on the page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Fairmont-Theater/348178051888181

Erasmusinwv2 on July 4, 2012 at 9:11 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.

shermancahal on October 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

Demolition on the theater began Wednesday, September 26 for a $25 million state office building.

Torn_Curtain on December 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Here are some interior photos shortly before its demolition.

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