Dome Theatre

272 Main Street,
Akron, OH 44308

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Dome Theatre

The Dome Theatre was open prior to 1926. It seated 225 and closed in 1929. The site is now a ballpark for the Akron Rubber Ducks.

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dallasmovietheaters on January 27, 2023 at 7:22 pm

The Rubber City Theatre was one of the earliest dedicated movie houses in Akron’s history launching here on September 5, 1907 by Frank Dauria with motion pictures and illustrated songs. The theater was located at 292 South Main Street in downtown Akron. The Rubber City claimed to have the longest show for five cents. In 1909, the venue was renamed as the Vaudette Theatre under new ownership.

The Vaudette was offered for sale and, under new owners, became the Dome Theater in 1913. The long-running Dome ran under Allen T. Simmons watch until July 4, 1929. The theatre was dynamited along with the Allen, Ideal, Gem, National, Dayton and the Liberty theaters for suspected non-union workers. The Dome was demolished two months later. Another long-running theater just two blocks away, the Dreamland, would announce its closure two months later.

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