Main Theatre

245 Main Street,
Conneaut, OH 44030

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Functions: Drugstore

Previous Names: Academy Theatre

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Academy Theater..Conneaut Ohio

The Academy Theatre was opened April 4, 1912. In late-1927 it was renamed Main Theatre. It was still open in 1929.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm

From the early 1900s a postcard view of Main Street along with the Academy Theater in Conneaut.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2011 at 5:13 am

There’s a 1920s photo of Main Street on page 71 of the book “Conneaut,” by David P. Owens, and it shows the Academy Theatre (Google Books preview.) It looks like a small nickelodeon-style house. The photo caption says that the building is still standing and is occupied by Gerdes Pharmacy. The Internet says that Gerdes Pharmacy is at 245 Main Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2011 at 5:19 am

I ought to have mentioned that the photo in the book is the same one Don linked to in the first comment. The significant information is that in the caption that reveals the address.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

A letter dated January 11, 1916, from the Academy Theatre in Conneaut was displayed in an ad from the Gold King Screen Company that was published in the February 5, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World. The letter said that a Gold King screen had been in use at the Academy for about two years.

The 1927 FDY lists the Academy with 350 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

The 1929 FDY lists the 350-seat Main Theatre in Conneaut, but no Academy Theatre. I think the Academy might have been renamed the Main in late 1927. The January 28, 1928 issue of The Film Daily said that M. A. Shae had bought an interest in the Main and La Grande Theatres in Conneaut.

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on March 8, 2018 at 9:21 am

The Academy Theatre opened on April 4, 1912. From News Herald ads the house often employed a 4 piece pit band for entertainment and silent film accompaniment. Sometime in the twenties it became the Main Theatre. The ads also show that other houses of entertainment existed at the time of the Academy’s opening. The Gem, the Star, the Theatorium and the Republic. The Academy opened 11 days before the RMS Titanic sank.

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