Ellet Theatre

666 Canton Road,
Akron, OH 44312

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Ellet Theatre

The Ellet Theatre was opened April 12, 1941. It was a neighborhood theatre similar to the Linda Theatre, which is still operating, only three to four miles away in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood.

I remember, very vividly, seeing the Beatles' movies “A Hard Days Night” and “Help”, the Dave Clarke Five movie “Catch ‘em If You Can”, and an early Vincent Price horror movie at the Ellet Theatre.

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kencmcintyre on December 23, 2008 at 6:05 pm

This is from the Newport (RI) Daily News dated 2/4/50, which incidentally was the day my parents were married. Ingrid Bergman was unpopular because she had left her husband and was having a baby with Italian film director Roberto Rossellini.

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 4â€"The management of the Ellet Theatre in Akron decided to cancel Ingrid Bergman’s latest film, “Under Capricorn” because of possible public reaction to the birth of her baby.

monika on June 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Growing up in Akron, the Ellet was the neighborhood theatre for my mother and her siblings. She recalls seeing many films there, including “A Hard Day’s Night”, for which she and her friends waited in the line that snaked all the way around the block.

Ken, the tidbit about Ingrid Bergman is quite entertaining.

kencmcintyre on June 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm

I think the baby turned out to be Isabella Rossellini, from Blue Velvet. Remember that scene with Dennis Hopper?

monika on June 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I believe it was Isabella.

Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet = creepy.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm

The April 11, 1941, issue of The Film Daily said that Louis Israel’s Ellet Theatre in Akron was to open soon. The new house was being outfitted by National Theatre Supply, Cleveland.

rivest266 on April 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm

This opened on April 12th, 1941. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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