Columbia Theatre

26 Bridge Street,
Shinnston, WV 26431

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Architects: John Edward Wood

Functions: Community Center

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Columbia Theatre

The Columbia Theatre was opened in December 1921. It had closed by 1958 when it was purchased by the Women’s Club who still occupy the building in 2021.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Open ~1930-~1950? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Need an address or crossroad, more info and photos.

Nessa on October 20, 2021 at 6:09 pm

Address is 26 Bridge Street.

Nessa on October 20, 2021 at 6:12 pm

The Women’s Club purchased the building in 1958, so it has been closed as a theatre since at least that time. National register listing dates the building to c. 1900.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 10, 2023 at 5:07 am

I don’t think we can trust the NRHP’s date of c 1900 for this building. The historic district’s nomination form has a number of questionable claims.

More significantly, several trade journals from 1921 note the construction of a new theater on Bridge Street in Shinnston for a Miss Lynne Monroe. The November 4th issue of Variety even gives the name Columbia Theatre, and says that ground had been broken for the 300-seat house, which was expected to be completed before the end of December. Several journals note that the 30x80 foot brick and tile building had been designed by Clarksburg architect J. E. (John Edward) Wood.

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