New Salem Theater

521 Salem Avenue,
Dayton, OH 45406

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Functions: Housing

Previous Names: Salem Theater

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The 1,000-seat Salem Theater opened on February 16, 1928 with Bebe Daniels in “She’s a Sheik”. It was operated by Salem Theater, Inc. and was equipped with a Wurlitzer theatre organ which was opened by organist Johanna Grosse. In 1953, the Salem Theater was closed. The theater reopened as the New Salem Theater on July 2, 1954, now with a snack bar.

On December 19, 1965 the New Salem Theater closed for good with Vivian Leigh in “Ship of Fools”. The projection booth was converted into “Juliet’s Balcony” and the auditorium was converted to several eating areas. Today it has been converted in an apartment building for seniors.

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ZookieFreddie on July 11, 2006 at 6:17 pm

I formerly lived in Dayton from Aug.1963 to Apr.1999. I can assure you that this theater was purchased by Vic Cassano, owner and frahchisor of a large chain of restaurants known as “Cassano’s Pizza King” who was local to Dayton. I attended a Christmas Party in 1970 inside this place when it was one of his flagship restaurants.

jon6444 on December 24, 2006 at 11:11 am

The building still exists, though not as a theatre. The entire block burnt I believe in the 80’s and the entire block sat vacant for years…I few years back the entire building was renovated as well as the Terra Cotta apartment building behind it which is now Senior living.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on September 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm
As you can tell, I didn’t spend a lot of time on this one. Just fired off this shot as I drove past.

rivest266 on March 31, 2018 at 7:22 am

Reopened as the New Salem on July 2nd, 1954. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on February 14, 2021 at 8:38 am

Grand Opening of the Salem Theatre on February 16, 1928 with Bebe Daniels in “She’s a Sheik” with Johanna Grosse at the mighty Wurlitzer organ supported by a Pathé newsreel. H&K Cinema Enterprises took on the venue in January of 1964. It dropped it a year later and the venue continued independently until December 19, 1965 closing with José Ferrer in “Ship of Fools.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2021 at 9:10 pm

The June 19, 1954 issue of Boxoffice said that Gus Barbalis and an unnamed partner expected to open the New Salem Theatre in Dayton by July 1. The house, which had been closed since December, 1953, had been extensively remodeled and CinemaScope equipment had been installed.

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