Fairmont Theater

416 Adams Street,
Fairmont, WV 26554

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2016 at 1:31 am

The March 3, 1923, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the original Fairmont Theatre:

“The theatre being erected on Adams street, Fairmont, W. Va., by the West Virginia Amusement Company, will be known as the Fairmont Theatre. The name was decided upon after a contest held among the citizens of the city, to suggest names for the new house.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm

The September 10, 1973, issue of Boxoffice noted the conversion of the Fairmont Theatre into a triplex. Two of the auditoriums were in operation, and the third was expected to open in October.

Torn_Curtain on December 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Here are some interior photos shortly before its demolition.

shermancahal on October 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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TLSLOEWS on November 11, 2010 at 9:37 am

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

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.

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!

kencmcintyre on March 31, 2010 at 7:20 pm

What a waste to demolish this place. Here is another photo:

CSWalczak on January 19, 2010 at 9:35 am

The seven-screen Fairmont is a different theater with this address: 98 Tygart Mall Loop, Whitehall WV, 26554. This theater is closed, and may be doomed, as the whole block is being eyed as the site for a new state office building: View link

rivest266 on January 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Looks like it reopened with seven cinema when I checked the Fairmount,WV showtimes.

Clarksburg on October 13, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Unfortunately the theater is now closed.I could make a great performance arts center for Fairmont State College though plus it would help revitalize the downtown area and it would save the college a ton of money by not building a brand new theater.Hopefully this theater will be saved!

kencmcintyre on May 2, 2008 at 6:52 pm

The site gives 1923, but the url says 1926. I agree that it’s not the 1946 Fairmont. It must have been an earlier theater in Huntington.

kencmcintyre on May 2, 2008 at 6:34 pm

This must have been its predecessor. The photo is either 1923 or 1926. The site was a little conflicted on that.