Five Points Theater

507 W. Exchange Street,
Akron, OH 44302

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Previously operated by: Botzum Brothers

Functions: Office Space

Previous Names: Portage Theater

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This location opened on December 12, 1915 as the Portage Theater. Its' opening movie was Theda Bara in “A Fool There Was”. In September 1924 it received a refresh. On November 19, 1937 it was renamed Five Points Theater. It was closed on June 7, 1951 with David Brian in “Inside Straight” & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in “The Great Manhunt”. It became a church. It still stands its post at the Five Points intersection, if only functioning as a vacant warehouse.

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triciaostertag on March 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Does anyone know the current state of this or who owns it?

spectrum on December 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Still standuing, and has a sign saying “Community” something. Couldn’t make out the rest of the sign but appears to be offices and at least is not vacant.

OhioJeremy on January 27, 2014 at 2:07 am

As of right now, it’s listed as for-lease on NAI’s website; they’re asking $1500 a month for the theater and the space to the right of it (505 W Exchange). However, I’m a little worried that it’s been too heavily modified to ever be a theater again. The front doors are open in Google street-view, as well as a garage door in the back, and it appears the whole thing is a flat concrete floor. (Looking in the front, you can see the light coming in from the back door.) It makes me think concrete was poured on top of the old sloped floor.

Jeremiahi on March 11, 2015 at 7:05 am

Is the address correct? The building to the left of the one pinned by Google looks more like a theater structure, it’s the red brick building, the last one before the empty lot as you head west…

dallasmovietheaters on February 10, 2023 at 11:14 am

The Portage Theatre was a new-build movie house that launched December 12, 1915 with Theda Bara in “A Fool There Was.” In 1924, the theatre closed for over one month as it got a major refresh and, under new operator Frank S. Falkenberg, reopened with Norma Talmadge in “The Song of Love” on September 6, 1924.

Late in 1929, the theatre was equipped with sound by operator William I. Foutts to remain viable. After a new operator took on the venue, the Portage name was dropped in favor of the neighborhood’s Five Points moniker. The Five Points Theatre launched on November 19, 1937 with “Broadway Melody of 1938” and “One Mile From Heaven.” The new operator was Lorenzo Bozzelli who operated it with his sons, Arthur and Tony. The Bozellis closed the venue on June 7, 1951 with “Inside Straight” and “Great Manhunt.” The former Five Points / Portage was used soon thereafter as a house of worship.

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