Pastime Theater

538 Main Street,
Coshocton, OH 43812

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The Pastime Theater has been undergoing off and on renovations now for several years. It is a former vaudeville house dating to 1912.

The Pastime Theater was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. by 1941. Armstrong Theaters operated it in the 1960’s and 1970’s. After they opened the Plaza Cinema, Armstrong operated the Pastime Theater as a dollar house in 1974 and 1975. It never had air conditioning; big fans in pipe chambers cooled it in summer. Managed for many years by Jim Hale.

A balcony has been added, so seating capacity will increase if the theater reopens. The stage area has been enlarged. The Pastime Theater had an organ, but do not know status.

Contributed by Walter Kussmaul

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deleted user
[Deleted] on January 12, 2009 at 10:48 pm

It’s possible that the Pastime originally had a Wurlitzer photoplayer to accompany the silent films. This particular photoplayer still survives in a large mechanical musical instrument collection in the Midwest.

koosmal
koosmal on October 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm

The building was purchased on 10/29/10 by Moon Property Management for $109,400 in back taxes. According to a Coshocton Tribune article of the same date, Mr. Moon plans to complete the project with help from the community.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2012 at 12:48 am

The NRHP nomination form for the Moreland Theatre in Cleveland lists the Pastime Theatre in Coshocton as one of five theaters designed by the Moreland’s architects, Sigmund Braverman and Kurt Havermaet.

cath61
cath61 on August 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

Does anyone know when the architects Braverman and Havermaet were involved? They weren’t the original architects as they didn’t work together until at least 1921 and Braverman was born in 1894 so he would have only been 18. Assuming it was some sort of remodel. Appreciate any information!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Actually Braverman would have been only 13 or 14 when the Pastime opened. An advertisement in the February 17, 1929, issue of The Coshocton Tribune, placed by Chacos Bros. Amusement Company, operators of the Pastime, said that the company was celebrating the 21st anniversary of the opening of the house. The events were scheduled for the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, so it was probably one of those dates in 1908 that the Pastime opened.

It’s possible that Braverman and Havermaet’s work on the theatre came as early as 1922. Though it doesn’t name any architects, an item datelined Coshocton in the February 2, 1922, issue of The Moving Picture World said that “Chacos Amusement Company will make alterations and construct an addition to Pastime Theatre.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Also interesting with regards to the architects, notices of the formation of the firm Braverman & Havermaet published in 1922 give their names as S. Braverman and K. Van Havermaet. The Van does not appear to have ever been used in the firm name, though.

However, a Google search on the name K. Van Havermaet turns up a number of pages in Dutch which make reference to an architect of that name having designed at least one project in the region (a “Huis in art-decostijl….”) in the mid-1930s. As near as I can tell he was based in the Belgian town of Sint-Niklaas. So far I’ve been unable to get Google to open any of these pages, let alone translate them, so all this information comes from the snippets in the search results. I wonder if this was the same K. Van Havermaet? He might have returned to Europe due to the difficulty of getting work in the U.S. in the early ears of the depression.

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