Woodward Theater

1400 Main Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Architects: George W. Rapp, Walter L. Rapp, John Zettle

Firms: Rapp, Zettle & Rapp

Functions: Live Music Venue, Movies

Styles: Beaux-Arts

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 515.345.7981

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Woodward Theater

Opened on June 18, 1913, the Woodward Theater was designed in a Beaux-Arts style by architectural firm Rapp, Zettle & Rapp. It has two replicated plaster ladies on its facade. It closed as a movie theatre in 1933.

It now housed Greg’s Antiques store for many years. In 2013 it was re-opened as the Woodward Theater as a live music venue.

Contributed by hank sykes

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hanksykes on September 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

The Woodward in later years became a nightclub,and even a Kroger Super market.

hanksykes on September 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

In the film ,“Eight Men Out”, this theatre was redressed with a false tin marquee and served as a nickelodeon in front of which two of the kids sold newspapers with headlines of the 1918 White Sox scandal.

CSWalczak on September 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Joe Vogel, do you know if there is a relationship between Rapp,Zettle, & Rapp and Rapp & Rapp?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

CSWalczak: The Rapps of Rapp & Rapp were not related to the Rapps of Rapp, Zettle & Rapp (except perhaps through some distant common ancestor in Sweden), and I’ve never found any connection between the firms.

Rapp, Zettle & Rapp was a Cincinnati firm consisting of George W. Rapp, his son Walter Rapp, and partner John Zettle. George W. Rapp retired from the firm about the time the Woodward Theatre was built, and died in 1918 (obituary in The Western Architect, February, 1918.) The successor firm Zettel & Rapp was active into the early 1930s.

The theater architects, based in Chicago, were Cornelius W. Rapp and George Leslie Rapp. An older brother, Isaac Hamilton Rapp, practiced architecture in Trinidad, Colorado, beginning around 1890, and was later joined by another brother, William M. Rapp, to form the Trinidad firm of I. H. & W. M. Rapp. To add a bit of confusion, some sources also refer to this firm as Rapp and Rapp. The Colorado Rapps eventually established an office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well, and were pioneers of the Pueblo Revival style.

Biographies of both the Chicago and Cincinnati Rapps can be found on this page of the Biographical Dictionary of Cincinnati Architects.

Information about I. H. and W. M. Rapp can be found in a biographical sketch of Isaac H. Rapp on this Google Documents page or in PDF format at this link.

I. H. and W. M. Rapp were the architects of the 1908 West Theatre in Trinidad. I’ve been unable to discover if they designed any other theaters.

hanksykes on September 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Hello Joe ,thanks again for your knowledgeable info.The Cincinnati Rapp’s were responsible for at least 6 local theaters from their drawing boards.

hanksykes on February 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Woodward Th. has been bought to re-emerg as a concert venue,but will retain the theater’s namesake .

cholt on July 1, 2016 at 11:42 am

Now a thriving live music venue!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2023 at 8:11 pm

Here is a link to the official web web site of the Woodward Theater. Though now primarily a live music venue and event center, the house is equipped to show movies and has hosted several film events since its renovation in 2014 (see the “Film Exhibitions” section on the site’s “Event Venue” menu.)

Trolleyguy on June 22, 2023 at 9:33 am

The above link is broken. Try this one.Woodward

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