Swissland Cinema

Main Street,
Woodsfield, OH 43793

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Swissland Cinema

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Opened as the Life Theater prior to 1941. It still had this name in 1943, but by 1950 had been renamed New Life Theater.

Later known as the Swissland Cinema, it was a church a few years ago, but its current status is unknown.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm

From the August 26, 1939, issue of Boxoffice Magazine: “At Woodsfield this week Jess Shannon, exhibitor there, was opening his new 600-seat house, known as the Life.”

In 1954, Joe Shannon of the New Life Theatre is quoted in several ads appearing in Boxoffice, praising the benefits of CinemaScope for small town movie houses.

From the January 7, 1956, issue: “J.J. Shannon, manager, reports the reopening of the Newlife Theatre, Woodsfield, Ohio….”

The December 11, 1978, issue of Boxoffice quotes a regional buyer and booker named Jack Talley as saying that the Swissland Cinema in Woodsfield was being opened.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 24, 2009 at 1:42 am

There’s a New Life Church. Building sure looks like it could have been a theater.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

That’s a nice 1930s Moderne facade, but the side wall looks like much older construction. Note the bricked-up arched window. It looks like the theater was built in an existing building, or using at least one surviving wall from an earlier building.

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