Belmont Theater

1745 Belmont Avenue,
Youngstown, OH 44504

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The Belmont Theater was opened on December 3, 1948 with Cary Grant in “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House”. It was built for and operated by Wellman Theatres Inc. The theatre stood at the intersection of three major roads, one of which was Belmont Avenue. The theater had a car park with a capacity for 500 cars.

The exterior in tapestry brick, had a slender tower feature which had the name ‘Belmont’ on top, and ‘Theater’ was mounted on the facade above the entrance. Inside the auditorium the style was Baroque, with a modern touch. One of the facilities was the provision of a crying room, which seated 30 patrons.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Seems like alot of theatres had crying rooms in those days.Outta make them today for loud mouth adults and teens.One of the main reasons I quit going,plus the movies and what call “STARS” are the pits.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 5, 2010 at 6:54 am

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

BELMONT AVENUE & ALAMEDA AVENUE

Open till ~1955 approximate perhaps later? Can anyone verify the date?

Owners:

1950 Peter M. Wellman

1955 Associated Theaters of Cleveland, Meyer S. Fine, President, they had 36 theaters in Ohio.

Need more info and photos.

spectrum
spectrum on December 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Ther building still stands, with 1-floor addition on one side. It looks to be the headquarters of a firm called Master Security – looks like it’s their business office and warehouse.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on February 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Here’s the Vindicator account along with a picture of the Auditorium.

Belmont Theater

December 2, 1948
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WayneS
WayneS on September 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

As I recall The Belmont was the first theater in the area to show CinemaScope films. We missed seeing The Robe but went to see “Knights of the Round Table”. I remember even as a little boy being amazed at the size and width of the picture and it seemed to have depth.

WayneS
WayneS on September 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

It was heartbreaking when I returned to Youngstown as an adult and saw it had then been turned into a discount furniture store. It may have several other things before it’s current use.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on September 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

From what little I have read of Peter Wellman, he must have been quite the showman. The theatres that I have seen of his must have been extremely appealing. Does anyone know where I can find information on Wellman?

WayneS
WayneS on September 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Are the Greek masks still on the side of the building? I always liked those as a kid.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Described in this 1949 trade article: boxofficemagazine

rivest266
rivest266 on January 12, 2014 at 11:18 am

Grand opening ad December 2nd, 1948 is in the photo section.

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