Auditorium Theatre

22 N. Second Street,
Newark, OH 43055

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The Auditorium Theatre was built as the Soldiers & Sailers Hall in 1894. It opened as a movie theatre prior to 1923. It was remodeled and enlarged in 1947/1948, to the plans of architect Harry C. Holbrook, completed by the architectural firm Alcox & Stritzel. The facade of the building was ravaged by fire in 1968. It operated as a motion picture theatre through sometime in the 1980’s.

There was a drive on by the citizens to save the building since it was the former Soldiers & Sailors Hall, but to no avail. The building was demolished in 2002. Today there is a small plaza and memorial where the theatre once stood.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 31, 2009 at 5:08 am

The Auditorium Theatre, then operated by Shae Theatres, was to be closed on May 5, 1947, for an extensive remodeling, according to Boxoffice Magazine of April 26. The project was to include an expansion of the auditorium to increase seating from 800 to 1,160.

The original plans for the project had been done by Columbus architect Harry Holbrook, who died before the project began. The completion of the project was handled by Larry Alcox and Fred W. Stritzel of the Columbus firm of Alcox & Stritzel.

The January 24, 1948, issue of Boxoffice reported that Shae’s Auditorium Theatre in Newark was open again after having been closed for almost a year for a complete rebuilding.

Mark Goodrich
Mark Goodrich on March 28, 2013 at 6:24 am

Does anyone have any photos of this theater in the 1940s, 1950s or 1960s? I just obtained a CinemaScope projector lens with the name of this theater etched in it. Please let me know! Thanks, Mark

Tma8446
Tma8446 on January 28, 2014 at 1:26 am

I was told at one time there was more then the Midland, the Auditorium in Newark, Ohio. Doe’s anyone remember the names and locations of any others in Newark.

MichaelWDean
MichaelWDean on November 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

Tma8446: Into the 1950s, downtown Newark also included the Grand Theatre (South side of the Square) and the Arcade Theatre (located in the Arcade Annex). In earlier decades, Newark also had its share of storefront movie “theatres” and nicholodeons.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2016 at 4:31 am

The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building was built in 1894. A vintage photograph of the Baroque Revival style building can be found on page 16 of Honoring the Veterans of Licking County, Ohio:, by Aaron J. and Nathan J. Keims (Google Books preview.) The facade was ravaged by a fire in 1968, but the building was not demolished until 2002, after repeated efforts to have it restored had failed.

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