American Theatre

538 Broad Street,
Elyria, OH 44035

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The American Theater in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, decorated for the showing of the American drama film “The Great Air Robbery (1919).” From the “Exhibitors Herald,” August 1920.

Replacing an earlier American Theatre which was destroyed by fire on April 14. 1909. The American Theatre was opened in 1910. It had closed by 1926.

Contributed by David Zornig

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 2, 2020 at 5:23 am

Address is 538 Broad Street, located in the Elyria Block building built in 1910. It had replaced the first Elyria Block building and previous American Theatre at the same address, which had burned down April 14, 1909. That one had been built in 1890. Street view confirms address and matches the photo. Brickwork and upper floor windows are a perfect match, and the first floor facade and former theatre entrance has been modified.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 2, 2020 at 6:52 am

Article with photo of the 1909 fire that destroyed the original Elyria Block building and first American Theatre.

https://www.fireengineering.com/1909/05/26/200394/elyria-business-block-destroyed/#gref

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