Sandusky Theater

Water Street and Jackson Street,
Sandusky, OH 44870

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Previous Names: Biemiller Opera House, Neilsen Opera House, Himmelein Opera House, Grand Theater

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Sandusky Theater

Located at the corner of Water Street and Jackson Street. Built as a Opera House in 1877 by Andres Biemiller. It was first know as the Biemiller Opera House which opened on June 6, 1877 and seated 1,500. In May 1905, the building was purchased by Carl Neilsen who remodeled the Opera House and changed its name to Neilsen Opera House. John A. Himmelein acquired the building in 1906 and changed the name to Himmelein Opera House. Between 1907 and 1908 it was know as the Grand Theater.

By 1908, the name was changed to Sandusky Theater, after the building was leased to O.S.Hathaway. The Seitz Amusement Co. leased the building in 1936 to show motion pictures and the seating capacity was reduced to 800. They bought it in 1950 and sold it four years later. The building was razed in 1955.

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rivest266 on April 10, 2021 at 2:05 pm

This opened as the Biemiller’s Opera House on June 6th, 1877. Grand opening ad posted.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2021 at 10:56 pm

The October 16, 1909 issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the Sandusky Theatre:

“The Sandusky Theater, with a seating capacity of 1,300, was reopened for the season of 1909-10 on September 20 with high class vaudeville, consisting of eight acts weekly, and three reels of motion pictures.”

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