Broad Theatre

127 S. Broad Street,
Lancaster, OH 43130

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The Broad Theatre opened June 25, 1938 with Loretta Young in “Three Blind Mice”. It had 500 seats. It was still open in 1957, but was closed in 1958 and was demolished.

Contributed by Khnemu

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rivest266
rivest266 on June 11, 2017 at 5:14 pm

This opened on June 28th, 1938. Grand opening ad in the photo section and below

Found on Newspapers.com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 15, 2017 at 10:29 pm

The January 12, 1957, issue of Boxoffice said that Leo Kessel, operator of the Broad Theatre, had sold his 99-year lease on the property to the Equitable Federal Savings & Loan Association. The bank planned to undertake an expansion which would also include the properties occupied by an adjacent shoe store and women’s wear shop.

Both of the shops (Blazer’s Shoes and Milady’s) can be seen in the vintage photo of the theater uploaded by Khnemu. The building that replaced them and the theater is currently occupied by Chase Bank.

rdt7575
rdt7575 on November 16, 2017 at 1:14 am

Sadly, the Broad Theatre disappeared in 1958. There is a drive-through for the bank on its site. The hand painted mural of General Sherman marching through Georgia was removed and installed in the gymnasium of General Sherman Junior High School.

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