Thomas Theatre

32 Shenango Avenue,
Sharon, PA 16146

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Thomas Theater interior

The ornate Thomas Theatre, designed by architect E.E. Clepper, opened early in the twentieth century (1910), and was one of the premiere showplaces within Mercer County. The building was later converted into a bowling alley and now serves as an office building.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Three photos of the Thomas Theatre appeared in the January 12, 1912, issue of the professional journal The Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder. Here is an exterior photo, and here are two interior views of the auditorium.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Architect E. E. Clepper’s full name was Edgar Ellis Clepper. He also designed the Luna Theatre and the Alpha Theatre in Sharon, both also in operation by 1912. A biographical sketch published in 1908 also credits him with the Lewis Opera House, but I’ve been unable to discover where that theater was located.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

A 1919 Sharon city directory does not list the Thomas Theatre, but it does list an Orpheum Theatre with the address 24-34-40 Shenango. Given the overlap, Orpheum might have been an aka for the Thomas Theatre. The September 4, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Thomas theater was being closed for remodeling.

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