Carol Theater

7 N. Canal Street,
Newton Falls, OH 44444

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Previously operated by: Manos Amusement Inc.

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Strand Theater, Park Theater

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Opened prior to 1922 as the Strand Theater. Park Theater was opened by 1933. By 1934 it had been renamed Carol Theatre. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957.

Contributed by Khnemu

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Are we sure the Carol Theatre was on Canal Street? An ebay seller currently has a postcard with an aerial view of Broad Street in Newton Falls (link that probably won’t last long) and it looks like there is a theater on the north side of that street just west of Center Street. Even enlarged the scan isn’t clear enough to show the theater name on the marquee, but it does appear to be five letters.

The building is still standing, though with an extensively remodeled front, and houses a Mexican restaurant and lounge called Mi Amigo, which opened in 2014. The address is 11 W. Broad Street. It looks like a theater building in Google’s satellite view, too. I know that CinemaTour lists Canal Street as the location of the house, but they’ve been wrong before, and if I were making a bet my money would be on 11 W. Broad Street as the location of the Carol Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2017 at 8:49 pm

The photo Khnemu uploaded has convinced me that the Carol Theatre, originally the Park Theatre, was indeed on Canal Street. The position of the water tower (surely still in the same location) in relation to the original theater shows that it couldn’t have been anywhere else but on the west side of Canal north of Broad Street, and probably just north of where there is now a McDonald’s (judging from the angle of view of the water tower.) Everything on the block in the photo has been wiped out.

I’ve also found that the Park had earlier been called the Strand. The January 30, 1933, issue of The Film Daily had this brief item: “Newton Falls — Park (Strand), sold to H. M. Rader.” The Strand was also mentioned in the August 5, 1922, issue of Moving Picture World, which said in its “Changes in Management” column that the house had “…opened under management of N. A. Rubenson.”

The Carol Theatre was to be enlarged to accommodate an additional 200 seats, according to an item in the July 18, 1941, issue of The Film Daily.

The house at 11 W. Broad Street was the Manos Theatre. According to one comment on the “Remembering Newton Falls” Facebook page, the Manos closed around 1964 and the Carol in the early 1940s. However, the Glenn Ford movie Framed, on the Carol’s marquee in the vintage photo, was released in 1947, so I don’t know how reliable the other claim is. I’ve dug up a bit more about the Manos, but I’ll wait until it gets its own page to post it.

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