Ohio Theatre

547 Broadway,
Lorain, OH 44052

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Previously operated by: Selected Theatres Co.

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The Ohio Theatre was opened in 1924. The Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 edition gives a seating capacity of 700. The seating capacity quoted in the headers above is taken from the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. It was closed as a movie theatre in 1969 and reopened as an adult movie theatre in 1970. That only lasted until closing again in 1971. It reopened screening regular movies again in May 1973 and closed for good in July 1973 and was almost immediately demolished.

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hopewell on March 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

The Ohio closed for the first time (as a regular theater)in 1969, re-opening as a porno house in 1970. It closed again in ‘71, and re-opened for the final time in '73, showing whatever films we could get; I was an unpaid “intern” of sorts, getting to eat popcorn, candy, watch the movies and the Manager’s daughter, who worked the projection booth and tended to wear swimsuits to work.

As I said, we showed whatever we could get…we were showing “The Outfit”, with Jim Brown, when it premiered on “The CBS Late Movie”! We closed for good in July, after a run of two months.
The theater was torn down not long after.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

“A Small House Receives the 1954 Touch"
Article, with photos, of the Ohio Theatre, from Boxoffice magazine, October 2, 1954:
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Hibi on October 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I remember a lot of Disney films were booked there when I was a kid.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Zip code is 44052.

Steamtrain on January 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Mr Dick Klein managed it and the Lorain Drive In in 1956. My dad and I hand painted large coming attraction murals in the lobby every week. I was paid 25 cents per hour, age 11. I always was admitted there for free. Sears and Roebuck was just down the street. That’s were I bought my first multi-speed bicycle. I still ride.

dallasmovietheaters on November 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm

The Ohio Theatre #2 opened early in 1925 after a July 1924 tornado destroyed Ohio Theatre #1.

Hibi on November 5, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Oh, I didn’t know there were 2 Ohio theaters. Wasn’t there another theater destroyed in that tornado where the Palace sits now? I think it may have been called the State?

dallasmovietheaters on November 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Yes, the State Theatre was the famous building that collapsed during the storm killing 15 injuring bunches of people. Very tragic.

DavidZornig on April 16, 2022 at 12:47 pm

Built and operated in 1924 by August Ilg, with a seating capacity of 692 by 1954, per an image I just added. It was taken over by Selected Theatres in 1952 if the image is correct. When it was extensively modernized with a wide screen for CinemaScope productions.

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