Miami Theatre

207-209 N. Wayne Street,
Piqua, OH 45356

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1911 post card view of May's Opera House, in Piqua Ohio.

Originally May’s Opera House of 1903, it was taken over by the Schine Circuit in 1933 and renamed Miami Theatre. The Schine Circuit operated the Miami Theatre until at least 1957.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Andrew Crain Morrison’s highly reliable book Theaters gives the address of the Miami Theatre/May’s Opera House as 207-209 N. Wayne Street, and says that it opened on February 10, 1903, with 1,360 seats.

Memoirs of the Miami Valley, published in 1919, mentions May’s Opera House at the corner of Wayne and Water Streets. The house was built by Charles May and was the largest theater between Dayton and Columbus.

Another source says that May’s was on the northeast corner of Wayne and Water, but this 1913 photo shows that it was on the second lot north of the corner. Today there is a parking lot at that site, so the Miami Theatre has been demolished.

Memoirs also mentions a Bijou Theatre on Ash Street, opened 1903 for vaudeville, a movie house called the Strand, opened in 1915, and the Favorite Theatre, a small movie house on N. Main Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

The Piqua Daily Call was advertising this house as Schine’s Miami Theatre in 1933. In 1930 it was advertising as May’s Piqua Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 14, 2018 at 11:32 am

A partial list of works by Chicago architect George Otis Garnsey (1840-1923) lists an opera house built for Charles May at Piqua, Ohio, in 1902-1903 as one of his designs. Garnsey had about forty theaters and opera houses to his credit, most of them in small midwestern towns.

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