East Palestine Community Theatre

32 N. Market Street,
East Palestine, OH 44432

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SethG on August 1, 2023 at 5:02 am

A little more research. The Community Lighthouse was a teen center, and had been open since at least 2008. The theater apparently closed sometime in the ‘60s, and was turned into retail. I’m not sure how long, if ever, the EPCT operated. There is no website, and the only mention I found was a 2018 article from the Youngstown Vindicator saying the city was considering tearing the building down, and describing it as gutted and derelict. Status should be closed, I think.

SethG on July 31, 2023 at 8:39 pm

The front portion of this building was constructed sometime between 1908 and 1915, likely toward the later side given the architecture. The 1915 map shows it operating as a theater, despite being only about half its present depth. It seems to be vacant on the 1926 map, and the 1939 map shows it extended to its current size, and back in operation. You can easily see a change in the bricks on the side wall, showing this extension. It had become the EPCT by 2013, and prior streetviews show it called the ‘Community Lighthouse’. It appeared to be abandoned, but when I peeked through the gap between the doors, there was an older gentleman standing in the lobby. Not sure if they are working on the building, but it doesn’t look open.