Southern Theatre

3301 Eoff Street,
Wheeling, WV 26003

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The Southern Theatre opened in 1913. Seating was listed at 400. The theatre is no longer lsted in 1958.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

Adam Martin has photos of the Southern Theatre at CinemaTour.

An architect named George H. Dieringer had his office in the Southern Theater Building, Wheeling, according to items in issues of The American Contractor in 1913. I’ve been unable to find references to the theater itself, though, and I don’t know if the Southern Theater Building of 1913 housed this theater or an earlier one of the same name.

The building in Adam’s photos does look old enough to have been around in 1913, though it also looks as though it might have been an ordinary commercial and office block that was altered to accommodate a theater at some point. It also seems unlikely that a busy architect would have had his office in this outlying neighborhood instead of downtown.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Items about the Southern States Theater Company’s proposed house at 33rd and Eoff Streets in Wheeling appeared in various construction trade journals during the latter half of 1912. The October 17 issue of Engineering News listed the contracts that had been let for the project. One later item noted that 1,000 opera chairs had been ordered for the theater. George H. Dieringer, the architect, was also one of the owners of the project.

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