American Theater

120 E. Sixth Street,
East Liverpool, OH 43920

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The American Theater is listed as operating since at least 1941 with 778 seats. The building was destroyed by fire in May 1950.

It was rebuilt in 1951, to the plans of architect Michael DeAngelis and had 709 seats. It was operated by Interstate Theaters in the 1960’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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clarkw
clarkw on March 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

This was a very early theatre – ‘teens. There is a fabulous picture extant showing it in the glory days with patriotic bunting hanging everywhere on the facade. This was the building that was destroyed by fire in the '40s, to be replaced by a cinder block rectangle that had nothing interesting about it except a couple of deco-ish lighting fixtures on the side walls. The 3-rank Wurlitzer organ was installed here and replaced an older Kimball organ – likely a tubular-pneumatic job. The theatre finished up as “Ziegler Hall” that operated as a sort of gospel, amateur night venue for a couple of years before folding and becoming the usual parking lot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 7, 2014 at 7:27 pm

The first image in the photos on this web page from the East Liverpool Historical Society shows the original American Theatre as it appeared in 1914. It is followed by a photo of the second American Theatre.

Another page from the Historical Society features four photos of the destruction of the first American Theatre by fire on May 24, 1950.

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