Gillis Theatre

404 W. Pike Street,
Clarksburg, WV 26301

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Previous Names: Victoria Theatre, Palace Theatre

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Gillis Theatre

Opened in September, 1911 as the Victoria Theatre, this house was renamed the Palace Theatre in 1915 and presented vaudeville. It became the Gillis Theatre on October 31, 1921 operating as a movie theatre. It was closed in 1927 and was demolished to make way for Jack Marks' lavish new Ritz Theatre.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm

The December 21, 1921 issue of Exhibitors Trade Review ran this item about the relaunch of the Palace Theatre as the Gillis:

“The Palace, Clarksburg, W. Va., which has been a vaudeville house since it was built ten years ago, has changed hands and is now the property of the Gillis Amusement Co. On Oct. 22 the Palace was closed and opened up on Oct. 31 after some repairs and improvements being made. It was opened as The Gillis, as a first-run movie house under the management of the Gillis family, C. L., A. M., and George D. Gillis, who formerly owned and managed and made a success of the Bijou of this city, which they sold Sept. 1, last year, 1920.”

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