Valentine Theatre

410 Adams Street,
Toledo, OH 43604

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Previously operated by: Jack Armstrong Circuit, Loew's Inc.

Architects: Edward Oscar Fallis, George W. Leslie Rapp

Firms: Rapp & Rapp

Functions: Movies (Classic), Performing Arts

Styles: Art Deco, Oriental

Previous Names: Loew's Valentine Theatre, Renaissance Valentine Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 419.242.3490
Manager: 419.242.2787

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Valentine Theatre exterior

Located on Adams Street at N. St. Clair Street. The Valentine Theatre opened on December 25 1895 with Joseph Jefferson in ‘Rip Van Winkle’. It was designed in a Sulivanesque style by architect E.O. Fallis. In 1918 Loew’s took over the lease and it became Loew’s Valentine Theatre. It was converted to an Art Deco/Oriental styled auditorium in a major overhaul of its interior in 1942 by the architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp, and was most likely one of architect George Leslie Rapp’s last projects as he died in 1941.

Another remodeling took place in the 1960’s in which the theatre, at the time run by the Armstrong Theatre chain of Bowling Green, OH (which owned it for 10 years after Loew’s abandoned it), turned it into a 70mm-Cinerama house.

A new projection booth was built on the main floor, thus abandoning the upstairs booth, and a custom made Cinerama screen was installed, changing the front of the auditorium by removing the proscenium and stage. This turned the Valentine Theatre into a state-of-the-art cinema. The opening movie was “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”.

Another, interpretive renovation was completed in 1999 long after the Valentine Theatre had ceased showing movies.

Contributed by Evan J. Chase, Sam Schad

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

In addition to the article Tinseltoes linked to, that issue of Boxoffice features a photo of the foyer and main stairways of the remodeled Valentine used as the cover plate of the magazine’s The Modern Theatre section.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

In 1913 the Valentine is listed at 409 Saint Clair St. while the Victory Theatre is listed at 414 Adams St. A couple years 414 Adams is listed as the Metro Theatre with 197 seats. What gives? Was there a small storefront theatre in the building? Was there a small building next door?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Roger, the Valentine’s original entrance was on St. Clair Street, where it remained until the renovations of the 1990s. When the theater was renovated an addition was built on the Adams Street side of the building with a new entrance in it. The unrelated building the Victory/Metro Theatre was in was probably demolished ages ago.

Trolleyguy on December 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

the syndicated comic strip “Crankshaft”, which is set in Toledo, is currently running a story on a Valentine Theater. This small theater is facing closure if it can’t convert to digital projection.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

As the Valentine Theatre is primarily a live performance venue, and pretty solidly booked, I don’t see how the lack of a digital projector could be a problem for them. It certainly isn’t going to close.

Trolleyguy on December 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I was only commenting on the similar names. The Valentine in the comic strip is an imaginary neighborhood theater. The name just struck me, that’s all. And the relevance of the necessity for small theaters t go digital or go dark.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Ah, I didn’t see the “a” and imagined that it said “the.” Reading too fast again.

spectrum on January 3, 2015 at 2:41 pm

A couple of before and after photos on their website. It looks like a lot of the lobby d├ęcor is original, and the auditorium looks mostly new, but from the before photo, not much was left restoring anyway- the previous renovations were fairly bland. It looks nice now.

Patsy on January 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Love the linen postcard picture!

Trolleyguy on February 6, 2020 at 7:02 am

The website shows classic films being screened. Function should also include: Movies, classic.

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