Foster Art Theatre

2504 Glenwood Avenue,
Youngstown, OH 44511

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Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Foster Theatre

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Foster Art Theatre

Opened as the Foster Theatre in 1939 with a seating capacity of 800. The Foster Theatre ran main-stream motion pictures through the 1960’s, and then by 1973 had switched over to adult movies and became the Foster Art Theatre. It had closed by December 2023 and had been purchased to be converted into housing.

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Barbershop on November 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

The Carmel Corn was on the left side of the building and Murberger and Lambert’s flower shop on the right. The Carmel Corn sold the popcorn until is closed and then it was sold in the theater. Joe Shagrin’s office was up over the Carmel Corn shop. The women’s and men’s rooms were over the marquee.

The balcony was a good place to sit with a girl. Especially as I had access to the key and could lock the door.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hello all,

I am doing a large-scale research project on adult theatres and would be very interested to hear from anything who either worked at or attended this theatre during its time showing adult films. If you would like to help me out, you can email me at .


STPOSEY on September 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm


I’m writing a book on the history of Youngstown, and I’m looking for anyone willing to talk with me about the Foster Theater of yesteryear. You can reach me at

anewtvshow on September 23, 2015 at 2:22 am

I remember seeing Mary Poppins there. But IMDB says that it came out in 1964. I couldn’t have been 4 years old with such vivid recollections. Does anyone remember when that played at the Foster?

DavidZornig on June 22, 2021 at 9:22 am

Current article about the Foster Theatre.

Shags on July 2, 2021 at 2:30 pm

I’m so excited about the revitalization! I’ve been speaking with the media about the history of that theater, as well as Youngstown’s theater heyday of days long past. The fundraising campaign will soon be announced.

DavidZornig on July 8, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Go Fund Me for the facade & marquee.

milanp on July 9, 2021 at 6:57 am

What do they plan to do with the Foster? A theater showing mainstream films would never be profitable because–correctly or not–the Glenwood Avenue area has a rather dicey reputation. And the theater isn’t equipped for live performances either (the nearby Youngstown Playhouse has enough trouble attracting patrons, mostly because of its location). Personally, I think they should have just left it alone. While porn may no longer be chic, at least it was still operating as a “theater.” From the sound of it, the new owners have no intention of making the site functional. A restored facade would be nice, but if the theater itself remains an empty, ghostly shell inside, what’s the point? The money could be spent on more useful projects that might actually improve the lives of low income Youngstowners.

fabulousfubby on December 11, 2023 at 8:09 pm

This theater is no longer open at all.

Shags on December 11, 2023 at 8:16 pm

It’s been bought by a community development group and is being converted into housing.

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