Mayflower Arts Center

9 W. Main Street,
Troy, OH 45373

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Previously operated by: Teicher Theaters

Architects: Harry I. Schenck, Harry J. Williams

Firms: Schenck & Williams

Functions: Art Gallery, Movies, Special Events

Previous Names: Mayflower Theatre, Mayflower Art Theater

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 937.552.5848

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Mayflower Theater, Troy Ohio - 1959

The Mayflower Theatre was opened on January 31, 1928 with Wallace Beery in “Wife Savers”. It had 600-seats and was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 6 ranks organ which was opened by organist Edward Dollinger. Later taken over by Teicher Theaters who operated 43 screens in 10 theatres in four states. It operated as a discount house. It was twinned on May 25, 1988. On March 17, 1995 a 3rd screen was added, and on June 7, 1996 it became a quad. The Mayflower Art Theater was closed in 2011.

In July 2012, new owners took over the building to convert it into the Mayflower Arts Center, an art gallery and a future presentation space. Two of the screens are currently unused, and the presentation space will be created in the third screen, a 135-seat theatre which will also screen occasional art films.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

rivest266 on December 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

now closed:

cvolosin on April 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

when this theater was open in the 2000’s it dawned an 40-45 seat screening room with a projector with reel to reel mounted on the wall behind it in the front where the Law offices used to be, and it was tucked behind the concession stand. You walked down a hallway and ran into a 100+ seat theater, and then you went to the right down a narrow hall to the final theater which featured the original screen on the back wall. Instead of splitting this theater down the center it was split in the front and back.

Restrooms were in the basement, and were often cleaned with a garden hose, and people complained constantly about film pacement and cleanlieness..

at one time it was showing .99 movies on weekends only and finally closed for good, which is odd because i believed the building was actually owned by Tiecher, his son lived in the apartment above,

Lisa Bauer
Lisa Bauer on April 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I purchased the Mayflower Theater from Mr. Teicher in July 2012. It is now called The Mayflower Arts Center ( and will feature gallery and exhibit spaces, artist studios, classrooms, and eventually a performance stage. We are trying to learn as much about the history of this beautiful treasure as possible. Thank you for the information you’ve posted here!

Lisa Bauer
Lisa Bauer on March 27, 2014 at 10:59 am

Architects were Schenk & Williams, from Dayton, Ohio, as noted on the original blueprints I found carelessly discarded behind the stage. I’m in the process of trying to preserve them. Here’s wiki link to architects:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Apparently the Mayflower Theatre’s organ was still in use at least as late as 1940, when the October 26 issue of The Piqua Daily Call made reference to “…Donald Wells, organist at the Mayflower theater….” Wells was visiting Delaware to attend a concert by French organist and composer Joseph Bonnet.

SethG on October 27, 2020 at 1:57 pm

On the 1931 Sanborn, the auditorium has a note: ‘Steam Beams’. I assume this is a goof, and the surveyor intended to write ‘Steel’, but if it means something, I’d love to know.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 29, 2020 at 1:33 am

This article about the Mayflower says that the house opened on January 31, 1928. The article does not mention the Mayflower’s “steam beams.” Perhaps they were only a local urban legend.

rivest266 on May 27, 2023 at 9:04 pm

Opened January 31st, 1928.

rivest266 on May 27, 2023 at 11:54 pm

Two screens on May 25th, 1988, 3 on March 17th, 1995, 4 on June 7th, 1996. 1988 ad posted.

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