Sidney Theatre

120 W. Poplar Street,
Sidney, OH 45365

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Sidney Theatre

Chakeres Theatres Sidney 3 was closed as a movie theatre in September 2004 after more than 50 years of service to the Sidney community.

Originally known as the Majestic Theatre which opened on September 9, 1921. On August 27, 1927 it was taken over by the Schine Circuit and renamed the Schine Ohio Theatre. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It had a seating capacity of 1,300 with a single ground floor and the balcony.

It was taken over by Chakeres Theaters Inc. in December 1964 and later split into two theatres “giving it the stadium seating of today”. Sidney 3 stopped showing the late shows after 8:pm Sunday – Thursday in the late-1990’s and the end was near when on July 30th, 2004 with the opening of “The Village” they stopped later shows after 8:00pm all together and run just a 7, 7:15 and 7:30 all week with matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

By 2009, it had reopened as a performing arts center.

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jefftwood1
jefftwood1 on October 23, 2006 at 2:17 pm

The Sidney Theater was purchased in July 2006. It is currently undergoing its first phase of renovations. There is no set opening date yet but it is supposed to be open to movie-goers within the next few months.

jefftwood1
jefftwood1 on July 27, 2007 at 3:42 pm

The Sidney is re-open for business as of 5-4-2007. It mainly focuses on live stage performances at this time as renovations are ongoing and will be for a couple of years. They have live music, live theatrical plays, comedy and are looking into hosting other events. They have even had a wedding reception! Check them out at WWW.MySpace.com/Sidney_Theater

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 21, 2008 at 6:34 am

A 1996 view of the Sidney Theatre in Sidney here and here.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on October 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Does anyone know if the Sidney, Murphy (Wilmington, OH) and Regent (Springfield, OH) Theatres were related or just all got their signs produced at the same time by the same company? It seems more than coincidence that all three theatres had six letters in their names and signs of the same design.

spectrum
spectrum on December 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Their webpage is up at http://www.myspace.com/the_sidney They got new management in 2009 and dropped all their punk shows. However, they haven’t updated the webpage since 2009.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 1, 2011 at 3:30 am

Here is a nocturnal photo of the new front of the Sidney Theatre, on the cover of Boxoffice, September 3, 1955. Chakeres Theatres had spent an estimated $500,000 remodeling the Sidney, which it had acquired from Stanley Warner Theatres the previous December.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on April 18, 2016 at 9:09 am

Website: http://sidneytheatre.org/

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on January 4, 2018 at 1:20 pm

A SCHINE theater at one time! They sure had fantastic marquees.

SethG
SethG on September 12, 2020 at 9:48 am

The 1946 update of the 1924 Sanborn still shows the name as Majestic, but this was likely just a failure to update the name.

SethG
SethG on September 12, 2020 at 5:49 pm

Not sure of the significance, but the little stone up near the roof in the center of the facade names the building as the Deweese Block. He may have been the original owner, or perhaps just had the building constructed and leased the theater space.

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