Camden Theater

725 Market Street,
Parkersburg, WV 26101

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sdbill on June 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm

In my previous post I made an error My Great Grandfather was not the Owner, He was the Manager.

sdbill on June 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Not sure my original post went through, so I apologize if this is a repeat. I was googling the Camden theater, and was happily surprised to find this website. My Great Grandfather (William E Kemery) was the owner. I love the pictures and article of the theater. If anyone has any memorabilia or old photos I would be interested in purchasing them or copies. I have subscribed to this page and will check back here for comments.

Thank you
William Kemery

filmonger on October 9, 2015 at 4:11 am

Here is an article from Parkersburg 1907; a souvenir of the city of Parkersburg …this should provide some historical perspective along with the Smoot article. ( My Great Grandfather worked with Smoot and Managed the theater ) Interesting in that the article mentions the Theater as being almost fire proof.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

The caption of a photo of the Camden Theatre in Parkersburg In Vintage Postcards, by Christy and Jeff Little, says that the Camden Theatre opened on September 10, 1902 (Google Books preview.)

An article about Fayette C. Smoot, operator of the Camden, in the March 8, 1919, issue of The Moving Picture World says that “[t]he Camden Theatre is 7 years old.” That would have meant a 1912 opening, but it must have been a mistake. The Camden is listed (and recognizably described) in the 1906-1907 edition of Julius Cahn’s guide.