Auditorium Theatre

22 N. Second Street,
Newark, OH 43055

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The Auditorium Theatre was open 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. 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 and sailors hall, but to no avail. The building has been demolished. 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 30, 2009 at 9:08 pm

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 5, 2009 at 10:58 am

A Kimball organ was installed in the Auditorium Theater but no year is given. That organ was replaced in 1928 with a Moller organ opus 5192. Note: $7000.00. Price included trade-in of existing Kimball organ.

GWTWTOO
GWTWTOO on March 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm

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 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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.

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