Garden Theater

718 Chillicothe Street,
Portsmouth, OH 45662

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Garden Theater

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The Garden Theater was opened November 20, 1925 featuring Portsmouth native Roy Rogers early in his career. Wesley P. Ridenour was it’s architect. It later became a movie theater continuing in business until 1958.

After the theater closed the building was occupied by a sign making company and ultimately demolished for construction of Kroger’s supermarket.

Contributed by David J Gill

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 15, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Circa 1925 photo added courtesy of Bob Burchett.

This tidbit too courtesy of Renee Raison Storey, via the “You Know You Are From Portsmouth Ohio If ?” Facebook page.

“The sign for the Garden was still on the building (it was a sign company, Tindalls, then) in the 1980s but it was covered up.”

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on March 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm

The movie “Top of the World” launched the Garden Theatre on November 20, 1925. At the end of a ten-year lease, new operator American Amusement Circuit of Stubenville took on the theater soon becoming part of the Interstate Theatre Circuit. Under new ownership, the Garden received an extensive remodeling launching with “Modern Times” on February 29, 1936.

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