Center Theatre

Wilson Avenue at Center Street,
Youngstown, OH 44506

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Previous Names: Milliken Theatre

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Center Theatre

A neighborhood theater in the Hazelton district of Youngstown. As with many other neighborhood theaters we could not find any advertisements for this theatre other than the one announcing it’s opening as the Milliken Theatre.

By 1941 it had been renamed Center Theatre, which closed around 1947.

Contributed by wolfgirl500

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wolfgirl500 on February 18, 2015 at 3:25 am

In the mid 1940’s this theater seems to have undergone a name change to Center Theater. In all fairness, this was not one of the best areas of the city, therefore this little theater was no movie palace, but served it’s purpose.

Chris1982 on February 18, 2015 at 7:36 am

Motion Picture Yearbook listed the Center Theatre as open in 1941 with 300 seats. No longer listed after 1948. So this should be listed as the Center Theatre with an aka of Milliken Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2015 at 11:10 pm

The “New Corporations” column of The National Corporation Reporter for May 13, 1915, listed: “Milliken Theater Company, Youngstown; $5,000; T. R. Milliken, J. J. Hardgrove. F. R. Eistler.” The “R” for Milliken’s middle initial was probably a mistake. A more reliable source has an “E” instead.

A death notice from October 4, 1930, appears on this page at, and says: “Thomas E. ‘Ed’ Milliken, 71, former sheriff of Mahoning County, dies at the home of J.J. Hardgrove, 46 Ellenwood Ave., where he had made his home for many years.”

wolfgirl500 on February 22, 2015 at 3:42 am

The actual date for the opening of this theater is in the photo dection for this theater so regardless of name changes the Milliken Theater was the original name for the record, therefore the opening date was 1915. When it reopened as the Center theatre it was an old building.

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