Freeman Theatre

Main Street,
Northfork, WV 24868

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The Freeman Theatre was in operation from at least 1931 until at least 1951.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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RobertFrench
RobertFrench on July 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm

The Freeman Theater was probably open from at least 1927 or 1928. Records indicate that Wurlitzer built Opus 1801, a Style D, 6 rank instrument, for the theater and shipped it to Northfork in November, 1927. The Organ remained in the theater for approximately 20 years and then saw life again in the Bramwell (WV) Presbyterian Church. J. C. Newbold, owner of the Freeman, was also a member of the Church and donated it to the church, replacing a 1917 Hook and Hastings which probably needed some new leather on the resevoirs. The Wurlitzer remained in the church until 1968 when it was replaced by a Moller Artiste. The Wurlitzer was summarily thrown out on the street for the trash hauler to dispose of. My dad collected a few pipes from the organ. I still have those pipes. In the 1980s the blower was removed and moved to Lexington, KY. Had I been home in 1968, I would have had the instrument. But, alas, it is gone forever.

RobertFrench
RobertFrench on July 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Does anyone know if the building is still standing? I have been through Northfork, but am not familiar with where the theater was.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Nice vintage photo.

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