Little Theatre Off Broadway

3981 Broadway,
Grove City, OH 43123

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Mark_L on July 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm

In 1946, this 191 seat theatre (known then as the Kingdom) was only open 4 days a week during horse racing season (Beulah Park Racetrack is in Grove City) and 2 days a week during the rest of the year. The owner/operator, Ben Almond, was taking home $4 for a days work. The only other employee was the operator, janitor, electrician and handyman, Ross Hill.

It was run as a hobby by Almond, who worked as a railroad conductor by day.

Pictures always played 2 days, and double-features were never offered. The cashier just loved to sell tickets and was a volunteer.

mld20 on July 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Moved to Grove City in 1964, the theater was named The Douglas Theater. Saw The Ten Commandments revival there as well as Elvis Double Features every weekend matinee. This was 1965-67 or so. It was very small, the lobby was just a narrow hallway with restrooms on either side, and the auditorium was narrow & small, but 10 Commandments looked huge on that screen.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2009 at 8:18 pm

The November 8, 1947, issue of Boxoffice said that the Kingdom Theatre had changed its name to the Grove and was now operating seven days a week instead of two to four days.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 3, 2008 at 11:19 am

Did it ever show movies, or has it always been a live stage?