Castle Theater

126 E. Jackson Street,
Millersburg, OH 44654

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The Russell Theater opened in 1940, and operated with that name until at least 1950. In 1961, it was purchased by the DeHass family, which owned several nursing homes in Ohio. The idea was to have a place for the residents to see films and live entertainment. In 1976, Don DeHass remodeled the Castle Theatre for rock and country music shows, along with dinner service.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2010 at 4:31 am

The Castle opened in October, 1940, as the Russell Theatre. It rated an article in Boxoffice of January 4, 1941. The Russell was designed by Robert S. Harsh, of Columbus, Ohio.

terriann
terriann on February 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

I have very fond memories of Aunt Eileen’s theater in the late sixties ! great entertainment could be watched from the glassed incased windows from the restaurant. I remember once we had a fun dance party…again with great food !
Terriann

Tootzi
Tootzi on February 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

The Correct address of Castle Theater was 3 North Clay Street – Millersburg Ohio. I lived in the Theater’s upstairs apartment with my husband – Don De Hass. The 1st movie shown there in 1961 was “Gone With The Wind”. I sold tickets & popcorn. Don also held boxing matches there with the aide of Sammy Ingot(of Canton OH), Light Weight World Champ 1940’s.Don’s Band “The Cliche’s” was the 1st band to record “Hang On Sloopy” in Cincinnati OH 2 weeks before the McCoy’s (Cincinnati)used the Cliche’s style of arrangement to make it the Rock & Roll Song of Ohio. Don died at age 35 of a heart attack at the Theater – August 1, 1977. Joan DeHass

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I would support the N. Clay address too. Compare the 2nd photo given by Ken on Sept 5, 2009 above with this GE shot taken from Clay St.

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Notice the church in the background on the right in both pictures?

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 9, 2010 at 12:25 am

Correct, the best angle came from South of where the Java Jo is located, which is 50 N. Clay. Certainly not on 126 E. Jackson.

And you could consider it demolished too…

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Here’s a new link to a 1941 trade article on the Russell Theatre: boxofficemagazine

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