East Auditorium Theatre

515 Main Street,
Toledo, OH 43605

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East Auditorium Theatre

The East Auditorium Theatre opened on December 25, 1913. A Barton organ was installed in 1928. Listed in 1955 with 695 seats. it had closed by the late-1950’s. It was converted into a church. Since demolished, the site is an empty plot in 2019.

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EvanJChase
EvanJChase on May 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

The theatre was used as a church for many years and currently is closed—condition poor, but some effort has been made in the last few years to preserve—at least temporarily—it and a neighboring building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2010 at 5:05 am

The East Auditorium, with 700 seats, is on a list of Toledo movie theaters published in 1919.

Here is a photo of the East Auditorium from the 1930s.

andmsmi
andmsmi on May 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

The East Side Amusement Company was owned and operated by Martin G. Smith and James Beidler, Sr. The Eastwood, East Auditorium, Park, and Westwood Theaters were operated by this company.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on February 28, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Current status should be demolished. Looks like it was demoed around 2015.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

Here is information about the East Auditorium Theatre from an August 3, 2018 article written by Larry Michaels of the East Toledo Historical Society:

“On Christmas Day of 1913, A.J. Smith and his son Martin opened the East Auditorium at 519 Main St. The following year, James Beidler became a partner, and soon ‘the people of East Toledo could enjoy the popular movies at a price that was reasonable.’ With the coming of the ‘talkies,’ it flourished, and continued to do a good business well into the 1950s. It later became a Pentecostal church and the building is now gone.”
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