234 W. Federal Street,
Youngstown, OH 44503

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The Theatorium was a nickelodeon that was operating by March 1908. It was operated by W.J. Hanitch and had 30 to 40 shows a day. It was replaced by the Hippodrome Theatre which was built on the site in 1915.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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wolfgirl500 on February 10, 2015 at 9:22 am

Ken, could you please provide us with more info on this theater? Unfortunately the newspapers of the day didn’t run ads for all the nickelodeons that operated here. The address would suggest that it was located west of Hazel Street which places it in the same block as the Dome, Orpheum and Hippodrome.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 10, 2015 at 9:37 am

wolfgirl500:The information text in the heading is taken from The Billboard, March 21, 1908 edition. It lists nickelodeons across the USA, but is not fully comprehensive, only listing 3 in Youngstown, which I have added pages for on Cinema Treasures, other two being the Edison Theatre and the Luna Theatre.

wolfgirl500 on February 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Ken: The sad thing here is that the local newspaper between June 1896 when it first published until 1/1/1920 was quite inconsistent so far as it’s theater page was concerned so it’s difficult to follow the many little theaters that came and went. Example: I could only find one very small ad for the Edison, and as for this one … nothing. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is in the process of building a data base of all the local theaters using their collection of city directories, but it will take some time before that list will be available, and our public library is in the same boat.

wolfgirl500 on March 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

Just discovered that this theater had the same address as the Hippodrome Theater not that the two were one in the same, for they weren’t, but it does help locating it on the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.

wolfgirl500 on March 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

On January 20, 1907 there was a major fire that destroyed the building that this theater was located so we would have to figure that it was in operation prior to 1/1/1907. The newspaper article doesn’t mention the theater, but then the bigger news was that two major department stores were destroyed.

wolfgirl500 on March 9, 2015 at 10:08 pm

I just received material from the Public Library and they were not able to provide much more into than is already here.

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