Mount Hope Theater

Main Street,
Mount Hope, WV 25880

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This theater opened in April 1947. It replaced the Royal Theater, which had burned to the ground in an arson fire on September 30, 1945.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on March 12, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I think the Royal was a separate theater that burned down. I wouldn’t agree that Royal was an aka for Mount Hope.

KenRoe on March 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm

In the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook, the Royal Theater is listed with 500 seats.

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Royal Theater with 450 seats. It must have opened as the Royal Theater, and was renamed Mount Hope Theater at a later stage.

There was also a Princess Theatre with 500 seats, also located on Main Street and operating prior to 1941 thru to 1950 and beyond….

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 12, 2009 at 8:30 pm

In 1955 only the Princess Theater (500 seats) is listed. In 1935 both the Princess (500 seats) and Royal (400 seats) Theater are listed. Add this one to the mystery theater list.

kencmcintyre on March 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Here is an article from the Raleigh Register dated 4/11/47:

MOUNT HOPE-The Mount Hope Theater, erected in the same location as the Royal, which burned recently, will open today. Owned by a syndicate known as the Oak Hill Theater Company, the new theater is considered one of the best equipped in the states.

Charles Taylor, Jr., of Mount Hope, is serving three one to ten year sentences in the state penitentiary at Moundsville after confessing to setting fire to the Royal Theater, predecessor of the Mount Hope. The Royal Theater building was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, September 30, 1945, the blaze being the largest in the history of Fayette County.

Construction of the new building started early in 1947. Edward Pasley is the new manager of the theater. Formerly of Bramwell, Pasley assumed managership of the Oak Hill Theater last August following his discharge from the Marine Corps.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I believe that the theater existed, it’s just not listed in the Film Daily for some reason. I think the Princess Theater still exists as a live theater if anyone wants to add it. One other thing, there is another theater listed on here for Mount Hope. On that listing, Mount Hope is abbreviated. Both should be Mount Hope or both Mt. Hope so they will be easier to find during a search.


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Here are some 1985 photos. The name on the marquee is Mt. Hope.






Erasmusinwv2 on July 5, 2012 at 12:34 am

Is this theater still around? I am in the process of buying and rehabbing the Philippi Grand and if it proves profitable I want to work on reopening other theaters in WV, KY, OH, PA, MD, and VA. There are so many wonderful old theaters with more character than any modern cookie cutter places.

tomwebb1966 on March 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Yes it is still around!!! Are you still interested?

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