Newport Theatre

15 W. Midlothian Boulevard,
Youngstown, OH 44507

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Newport Theatre

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A neighborhood theatre that opened January 15, 1942, the Newport Theatre was an Art Deco structure located on the city’s far south side (listed in editions of Film Daily Yearbook as being located in Boardman, OH). Its notable features were its Art Deco facade and marquee. The Newport Theatre was still open in October 1973.

After sitting empty for several years, it was demolished to make way for … a new Burger King!

Contributed by John C. Harris

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

One the first classier Theatres to play first run,“MYRA BRECKINRIDGE” Rated X.In Youngstown,Ohio.

TLSLOEWS on December 22, 2010 at 12:15 am

Another good one gone.

milanp on December 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm

The Newport was a favorite haunt of mine as a kid and teen.
They played so many wonderful movies in their first-run Youngstown engagement (“In Cold Blood,” the original “Planet of the Apes,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Bullitt,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Cabaret,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Nicholas and Alexandra,” “Deliverance,” “The Exorcist,” “Shampoo,” “Gremlins,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” etc.)
The only negative was a harridan of a manager named Barbara Campbell, lol.

JohnMessick on December 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

Any interior pictures of the Newport?

wolfgirl500 on February 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Here is the write-up for when the Newport Theater. The theater was actually opened January 15, 1942.

Jan. 15, 1942

Main write-up with exterior picture
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Picture of auditorium
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Picture of lobby
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Dec. 20, 1944
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JohnMessick on February 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

thank you Wolfgirl500. I wondered if there were pictures of the Newport other then the exterior.

wolfgirl500 on February 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

The Newport was unique in that it had a section for the hard of hearing by providing them with ear phones. The hard of hearing would request the aids and were seated in a section where they would plug them in.

Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on February 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Thanks for the Vindicator page for this and other Y'town theatres!
The articles are interesting and it’s fun to see the old movie ads again! Brings back many memories.

Question: The Newport adopted a “Conventional Dress Policy” sometime in the 50’s and/or early 60’s. It was mentioned in all of their ads in that period. I believe the policy ended when Pete Wellman took over full control. Did this policy actually dictate how “dressed-up” people had to be before they would be granted admission?

steveovig on March 24, 2014 at 6:20 am

I don’t know much about the Newport, other than what has already been posted. I do know that, I believe in the late 80’s, there was a fire at the theater. I’m not too sure on whether they had closed by then though.

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