Madison Memorial Theater

32 Park Avenue West,
Mansfield, OH 44902

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Previously operated by: Skirball Brothers

Architects: Oscar Cobb

Styles: Romanesque Revival

Previous Names: Opera House

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Madison Memorial Theater

The Opera House was opened in 1889. In 1924 it was taken over by W.A. Partello. On August 28, 1927 it was renamed Madison Memorial Theater and was operated by the Skirball Brothers. In early-1928 a Wurlitzer Style B X Special theatre pipe organ Opus 1822 was installed. It had 2 manuals and 5 ranks in two chambers. The Madison Memorial Theater was destroyed in an overnight fire on February 10, 1929. Two men lost their lives fighting the blaze.

A new Madison Theatre was built on the site to the designs of architect John Eberson and it opened September 15, 1931 and has its own page on Cinema Treasures.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 27, 2021 at 1:04 am

Mansfield’s Romanesque Revival style Opera House was opened in 1889 and was designed by Chicago theater architect Oscar Cobb, as was the adjoining Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, still standing and now housing the Mansfield Memorial Museum.

    1. Partello took over the Opera House in 1924 and had it extensively renovated, according to an item in The Moving Picture World of September 13, 1924. The Opera House was not among the five theaters listed at Mansfield in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, so was probably still a stage venue at that time.
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