Maumee Indoor Theatre

601 Conant Street,
Maumee, OH 43537

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Maumee Indoor Theatre

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Built in 1946, the Maumee Theatre still has its original Streamline Moderne style tower that’s located above the marquee.

The city of Maumee purchased the building in 2000 and restored and renovated it in 2003-2004. The theater now shows second-run films and is operated by Great Eastern Theatres.

The Maumee Indoor Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Contributed by Evan J. Chase

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richardg
richardg on May 17, 2004 at 9:45 pm

I just saw this theatre on May l6, 2004. The funding for the restoration came from city funds. Much of the restoration monies were spent to widen the theatre to provide access to the additional multi-functional facilty built behind the theatre. The addition can be used for a variety of functions including movies. A removable platform which is used when movies are shown provides stadium style seating for 100. When the platform is removed the floor is level and options are unlimited. A wedding reception has already been booked for September.
The theatre was formerly owned by Great Easten Theatres ( they also own the Paramount in Fremont, Ohio) who operated the theatre until 1996. It stood empty from then until its grand opening on May 8, 2004.
The lobby, exterior and the marquee were all beautifully restored and while the auditorium is nice, there’s not a lot of visable features to remind you you’re in a 55 year old theatre. The walls have all been covered with pleated sound curtains. The six or seven beautiful deco sconces on each side of the auditorium, however, help to beautify the uninspiring sound curtains.
The Maumee has a chance of survival because of the city ownership. The 12 screen multiplex a mile down the road would, unfortuantely, make private ownership impossible. Not too many miles down the road from the first multiplex is an even bigger multiplex.

Maumee
Maumee on February 2, 2005 at 1:52 pm

Thanks, Evan, for posting this theater. I remember as a kid in the 60s spending every Saturday afternoon here with a million other kids. Around Halloween, they’d show scary movies and have an employee dress up as Frankenstein and lurch up and down the aisles.

The water fountain was built into an alcove in the wall that, to me as a kid, looked like a tombstone.

Traeonna
Traeonna on February 21, 2006 at 9:02 am

The new website is up and can be viewed at http://www.maumeeindoor.com/

Main Auditorium (Auditorium #1) is available for live performances, business meetings or private movie showings. It can accomodate 494 people.

Back Auditorium (Auditorium #2) features platform-tiered stadium style seating and/or banquet seating for 125 people.

Lower Level (Venue #3) of the complex accommodates up to 100 people in a variety of seating arrangements.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 13, 2007 at 9:34 pm

This was part of the Donald Young chain in the early sixties. The Strand Theater in Maumee was also operated by this circuit at the time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2009 at 12:11 am

The Maumee Theatre was taken over by the Great Eastern Theatre Co. in 1987, according to an article in Boxoffice Magazine’s November issue that year. The former operator, Armstrong Theatres, had gone out of business. Great Eastern took over Armstrong’s Cla-Zel Theatre in Bowling Green, Ohio, at the same time. Various other Armstrong houses were taken over by other operators, or closed down.

In 1987, the seating capacity of the Maumee was 750, according to the Boxoffice article.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

The Maumee marquee can be seen in a cable promo spot for CurrentTV’s “50 Documentaries To See Before You Die”, hosted by Morgan Spurlock. The show’s title is on display on the illuminated marquee, with the host standing below it as I recall.

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