Urbana Cinema 2
216 S. Main Street,
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I grew up in the Gloria Theatre in Urbana, Ohio. My father, Jack Frazee, was the manager of this beautiful movie house for many years.
The theatre was built by Warren Grimes, the owner of Urbana-based Grimes Manufacturing Company. It was named for Mr. Grimes' daughter, Gloria. It has always been operated, to my knowledge, as a Chakeres theatre.
The building reflected the architecture of the 1940’s, with rounded corners, indirect lighting, and sweeping, Art-Deco style lines. It had an outer lobby and a huge inner lobby, in which new automobiles were often displayed. The auditorium was quite large for a small-town theater. It probably contained about 600 seats. There was no balcony.
A unique feature of the Gloria Theatre was “Grimes Booth.” This was a private viewing room on the second floor of the theatre that was reserved for the Grimes family.
The Gloria Theatre was twined around 1968 and renamed the Urbana Cinemas. It is still in operation as a Chakeres theatre. It was ‘temporarily closed’ for renovations in April 2010.
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