Theatorium

137 S. Main Street,
Bryan, OH 43506

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Theatorium

The Theatorium was an early nickelodeon in Bryan, Ohio, converted from a former furniture store. Dated at least from 1908. Motography magazine (March,1910) mentions that it was bought that year by Will Trumpower, no relations with the actual Presidential candidate.

The Theatorium was still opened in 1915, but had closed by 1926.

Contributed by elmorovivo

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SethG
SethG on March 24, 2020 at 1:54 pm

The address cannot be right. Both 414 N and S Main are way too far out of downtown. Must have been between the 100 block north and the 200 block south.

SethG
SethG on March 24, 2020 at 2:08 pm

There is a set of buildings in the 100 block of W Butler that still has the same type of iron columns, but the other details don’t match. Most of the rest of downtown has badly mutilated ground floors, so it’s hard to guess where this actually was, or if the building is still there.

SethG
SethG on March 24, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Sorry for the repeated postings, but I had to finagle an OH library card number to access Ohio’s very poorly scanned black and white copies of the Sanborns not available through the LoC site.

Address and status are incorrect. Address is 137 S Main, and the building is not demolished. Current occupant is a tanning/beauty salon. Building first appears on the 1888 Sanborn as a saloon and beer bottling plant, replacing a much smaller building on the back of the lot on the 1884 map. It still appears as a saloon on the 1905 map. To the extent you can read the notes on Ohio’s maps, this was the only theater on the 1911 map, so has to be the same one. It doesn’t appear to have replaced a furniture store, given the awning showing in the photo.

SethG
SethG on March 24, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Between the 1923 and 1930 maps, this reverts to use as a store.

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