Dorsey Theater

80 South Main Street,
Johnstown, OH 43031

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The Dorsey Theater dates back to at least 1935. From the 1930’s to at least 1959 the Dorsey Theater was operated by Marion Dorsey.

It last operated in the 1970’s as the Johnstown Theater and Johnstown Cinema The building still stands. Current function unknown.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on November 10, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Next door to Longbranch Pizza. The old theater has a Pepsi sign outside, and an American flag mounted outside, in the Google Street view. Can’t located what is at that address.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2009 at 3:38 am

The Dorsey was last known as the Johnstown Cinema, but I don’t know how long it operated under that name.

Boxoffice of May 15, 1972, reported that Charles Evans and Ed Cheatwood were updating the Dorsey Theatre and would reopen sometime in June. They had not yet decided whether or not to keep the old name.

The June 19, 1972, issue of Boxoffice said that the Johnstown Theatre at Johnstown, Ohio, had been opened Friday, June 2, after having been closed for a decade.

The February 18, 1974, issue of Boxoffice reported the sale of the Johnstown Cinema to Wes Matheny. The item was repeated in the March 4 issue, and after that I can’t find the theater mentioned ever again.

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on July 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I remember attending a screening of “The Ghost And Mr. Chicken” at this theater sometime in 1972. We lived in Utica at the time, and we had come to see “Batman” but the schedules had been reversed. They stopped the film halfway through for a 15 minute intermission, which I’d never seen before, but I was about 10 or so…never went back, but it was pretty nice little theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Must have been a re-release because I am sure Both films were released in the 60’s.

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on January 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Nope, wasn’t a re-release, it was a ::shudder:: KIDDIE MATINEE!!!

I know, I can hear my wife now…“Honey, What’s a kiddie matinee?” Arrrggggghhh…

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