Norwalk Main Street Theatre for sale - Schine Theatre

posted by ssteve on May 11, 2010 at 7:35 am

NORWLAK, OH — The Norwalk Main Street Theatre located at 57 E. Main Street, is for sale. This Schine theatre was built in 1941 in the art deco style. It seats 220 in the balcony and 700 on the main floor. All art deco remains intact. Organ and piano have been sold.

Outer lobby was redecorated in 2006 with the carpet being removed from the walls and replaced with new drywall and wallpaper that matched the original paper under the carpet of a burgundy and cream stripe. lso, new light fixtures were installed in the outer lobby as the old ones were falling apart.

Other than that, all remains the same since the remodeling of the early 1970’s when a stage, dressing rooms and orchestra pit were added for live plays. Still running the carbon arc projectors. This theatre needs someone who can live in the area and keep things going on a consistent basis. We live too far away. Our bank will allow our mortgage to be assumed by a qualified buyer. Contact Steve at (269) 343-5932 for more detailed info about the area and the theatre.

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Comments (4)

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on May 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm

no one gives a shit about old theaters================

ForSale on May 12, 2010 at 5:42 am

If “no one gives a shit”, then I guess no one will be looking at this website which in large part pays tribute to old theaters. But wait, I see lots of traffic here just based on comments created. So, I guess somebody does care. Hmmm… maybe even you… or you… or you. Besides, I don’t think the term Cinema Treasures was coined to refer to new theaters. Longislandmovies, I hope you are speaking out of frustration. Because that I would understand.

ssteve on May 13, 2010 at 8:01 am

Longislandmovies: I don’t understand your comment. Could you expand on your opinion? I have seen many articles on this website about local governments and private groups getting involved in helping to save their local, old theatres that sit on their Main streets. I think many people want an alternative to the multiplex, it just takes someone to ignite the fire and get the community on board with the vision. I know the community of Norwalk cares a lot about this old theatre!

quasimodo on May 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I think what Longislandmovies means is that while people love the IDEA of old theatres being restored in their communities and often suggest they want an “alternative to the multiplex”, they do not necessarily support these theatres where it counts. They will spend their money at the multiplex to see the latest movie du jour while complaining that the downtown single-screener is playing the same “old” movie for three or four weeks.

Economics do not favor the restoration and continued operation of these theatres in the private sector, yet when local governments and community foundations become involved, we get boards of directors who happily spend taxpayers' money on buildings and programming that can’t sustain itself.

This is not to say that the community at large does not benefit, but for anyone who’s been in the business, like Longislandmovies, it’s hard to get excited about the “let’s save a theatre today” campaign.

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