Ohio Theatre

3114 LaGrange Street,
Toledo, OH 43608

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Trolleyguy on April 16, 2016 at 11:05 pm

Also doing film festivals.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

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.

rivest266 on February 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Official website: http://www.ohiotheatretoledo.org/

rivest266 on February 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

February 26th, 1921 grand opening ad can now be found in this theatre’s opening section.

W Frisk
W Frisk on April 16, 2011 at 4:02 am

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.

stevepatrick on February 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

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.
Kind Regards,

ToledoCalifornia on June 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm

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.

EvanC on October 17, 2007 at 3:18 pm

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2007 at 2:09 am

The 1965 photo linked by Chuck1231 on March 23, 2006, doesn’t appear to be Toledo’s Ohio Theatre, which looked like this when it was running Elvis Presley’s 1967 movie, “Easy Come, Easy Go”. They’re obviously two different buildings, but I’ve been unable to find the location of Chuck1231’s Ohio Theatre.

Here’s another, earlier view of LaGrange Street and the Ohio Theatre.

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2006 at 2:30 am

I’ll work on that.

pjacyk on January 14, 2006 at 5:16 am

Toledo Area Theatre Organ Society – new location