158 W. High Avenue,
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Quaker Cinema (Official)
Architects: Harry C. Holbrook
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Quaker Theatre
This was the sister theatre to the Bexley Theatre in Dover, OH. It was a large auditorium theatre seating 748 prior to being divided. It’s auditorium wasn’t fancy, but did have some interesting blue ring lights. It also had a small stage area.
It opened November 1, 1940 and had an Art Moderne style facade. Under it’s current 1970’s fake white brick facade, had some beautiful green Art Deco panels and glass block (visible through some of the fake broken brick). Glass block is visible in the upstairs projection (though no light can pass due to the fake white brick).
I want to say, as with the Bexley Theatre, Ohio Theatres of Pittsburg owned it. The manager in the 1970’s & 1980’s was a wonderful woman named Rose who ran it for Ohio Theatres with her family. Ohio Theatres really forced her to make changes to the place that just really took away from it’s charm. They threw a wall right up the center and shortened the theatre to make it into a duplex. It was odd as the seating was still pretty much the same so one aisle hit the screen straight-on, while the other angled in.
The theatre re-opened in the 1990’s with no real changes but to just get it operational after Ohio Theatres sold it in the late-1980’s. It’s operating as a second-run duplex.
In 2014 the exterior of the building was restored to its original appearance, and work is about to begin to renovate the auditoriums.
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