Newport Music Hall
1722 N. High Street,
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Previously operated by: J. Real Neth Theaters Co.
Previous Names: State Theatre, Neth's State Theatre, Agora
The former State Theatre was located on N. High Street, across from Ohio State University. It was opened on December 22, 1921 with Will Rogers in “A Poor Relation”. It was equipped with a Moller organ. I never saw a movie there as it was the Agora Nightclub in the 1970’s when I attended OSU, but I remember a lot of Greek columns and thought what a neat theatre it once was. Most of the original décor is intact but painted over the last time I was there (years ago). There was a balcony that was closed off. It was still operating as a movie theatre in late-1969.
Following closure it became a rock music venue named Agora. Later by 1987 it was in use as the Newport Music Hall and nightclub.
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