Ohio Theatre

102 W. Main Street,
Springfield, OH 45502

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The New Sun Theatre was opened on November 24, 1907. By 1926 it had been renamed Bandbox Theatre. In 1938 it was renamed Ohio Theatre, and it was around this time that it was taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Ohio Theatre was still open in 1950.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

This house opened on November 24, 1907, as the New Sun Theatre. It was built by Gus Sun. Sun had arrived in Springfield in October, 1904, as head of a troupe of minstrels, and later that month opened the Little Orpheum Theatre in the Fisher Building. This was the beginning of the Sun Circuit, which would grow to an extensive chain. Sun maintained his headquarters in Springfield, though the circuit had a booking office in New York City.

Before the New Sun Theatre was built, Gus Sun had formed a partnership with O. G. Murray, a broker from Richmond, Indiana. By 1908, the firm of Sun & Murray controlled ten vaudeville houses in Ohio and Indiana, and the circuit would eventually grow to some 275 houses.

When Sun’s Regent Theatre opened in 1920, it became the chain’s flagship house. I haven’t found the year the New Sun was renamed the Band Box, but it was probably around the time the Regent opened.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Owned by Phil Chakeres in 1925.

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