Star Theatre

Charles Street,
Wellsburg, WV 26070

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Star Theatre

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The Star Theatre opened in 1937 a year after the Alpine Theatre. Seating was listed at 500. Alpine Theater Circuit operated both the Alpine Theatre and the Star Theatre thru the early-1950’s. The JUR Theatre circuit followed Alpine and the Star Theatre is no longer listed in 1958.

Any additional information on the Star Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

The opening of the Alpine circuits new Star Theatre in Wellsburg was reported in the January 2, 1937, issue of The Film Daily. The specific date of the opening was not given, but it could have been in late 1936.

At least three times in 1936, the magazine reported on another theater project then underway in Wellsburg. The Mascolino brothers, local merchants, were planning to enter the theater business with a new house. On August 6, the Mascolino brothers said that their theater would be ready to open by Labor Day, but apparently it didn’t. I haven’t found any later mentions of their project.

It’s possible that the Mascolinos cut a deal with Anderson and Urling, and that the Alpine circuit took over their project, opening it as the Star. I’ve found Anderson and Urling’s intention to open a second house in Wellsburg mentioned only once in Film Daily. Their announcement might have been a feint to intimidate the Mascolinos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Chuck, the Palace became the Alpine. See the Alpine page for the history, as far as I’ve been able to discover it.

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