3114 LaGrange Street,
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Ohio Theatre (Official)
Architects: Manfred M. Stophlet, Mark B. Stophlet
Firms: Stophlet & Stophlet
Functions: Movies (Film Festivals), Performing Arts
News About This Theater
- Oct 12, 2007 — Unstable facade on historic Ohio Theatre!
The Ohio Theatre opened its doors for the first time on February 28, 1921; with the film “The Mark of Zorro” starring Douglas Fairbanks. With 1,800 seats, the Ohio Theatre was Toledo’s third largest movie palace and was described by the Toledo Blade as ‘one of the most beautiful theatres in Toledo’.
Currently, the Ohio Theatre seats 964 and features live performances. The Ohio Theatre also produces an annual community-based musical, and sponsors a community chorus which performs concerts throughout the area.
The Ohio Theatre is also proud to be the home of The Toledo Area Theatre Organ Society. TATOS preserves and maintains the restored Marr Colton 4 manual 12 ranks theatre organ (installed in 1975 from the now razed Rivoli Theatre). TATOS presents concerts featuring well known organists and works diligently to maintain an important link to Toledo’s past.
The Ohio Theatre is operated by a private non-profit corporation which strives to preserve and improve the historic theatre for many generations to come. Restoration work began in 2008 and was completed in April 2013.
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The photo submitted by Chuck1231 is definitely NOT the Ohio Theatre in Toledo. As a Toledo resident and theatre historian, the theatre pictured is the old Hollywood Theatre on Stickney Avenue.
Update on Ohio Theatre: The facade is the only part of the building in question at this time. City inspection department ordered the front sidewalk barricaded as a precaution. Evaluation is underway to address all issues.
The earlier view of LaGrange & Central Avenues showing the Ohio Theatre’s original marquee dates from the 1920s—the building under construction was a bank—now serves as both a drugstore and coffee house.
This is Mike Young in San Diego. How did the Ohio Theater facade crisis turn out. Also… I notice on this list a few Toledo theaters are missing, but then maybe they don’t qualify: The 1909 (?) Opera House in the Collingwood Arts Center, the i925(?)Shakespeare Theater at the Toledo Zoo, the stunning 1933 Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art, the Franscian Art Center (Sylvania), and the Stranahan Center on Heatherdowns Boulevard.
Any updates on The Ohio Theater in Toledo? From what I have read it appears the non-profit group that ran the theater sold it to a developer who is going to renovate the place then sell it back to them. Is this the case? Do you have a contact for the person who heads this non-profit group? Thanks for any info you can share.
The architectural firm was a local one named Stophlet & Stophlet. The Ohio was the only theatre they designed. It is another stadium style built on a lot which is not square, so the stage and the lobby are triangular in shape with a very small wall on the short side.
February 26th, 1921 grand opening ad can now be found in this theatre’s opening section.
Official website: http://www.ohiotheatretoledo.org/
This recent article in the Toledo Blade says that United North, the nonprofit organization that operates the Ohio Theatre and Event Center plans to begin showing first run art films and documentaries later this year. The Ohio, which broke even in 2013, will continue its various live events with movies worked into the schedule.
The article also contains some information about the difficulties art theaters have faced in Toledo in the past. Toledo itself has been without a dedicated art theater since the closing of the Southwyck Art Cinemas in 2001, and the nearest multiplex still showing such films on any of its screens is Cinemark’s Levis Commons 12 in the outlying town of Perrysburg.
An earlier comment by wcjfrisk says that the Ohio was the only theater designed by the firm of Stophlet & Stophlet, but this is mistaken. The Pantheon Theatre, opened two years earlier, was also their design.
Also doing film festivals.