Arcade Theatre

1147 S. Old Main Street,
Akron, OH 44301

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Functions: Mosque

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: New Arcade Theatre, Art Theatre

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Arcade Theatre

The Arcade Theatre opened February 15, 1913. In 1936 it was given a Streamline Moderne style makeover and became the New Arcade Theatre. On October 9, 1938 it was renamed Art Theatre. It was closed on March 6, 1939 and became a church.

The Arcade Theatre building still stands and is used for the Akron Masjid mosque.

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kencmcintyre on February 8, 2006 at 10:42 pm

Here is an interesting site regarding the history of theaters in Akron:
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cinscope on September 23, 2013 at 3:05 am

This theatre is actually at 1147 Old South Main St.

rivest266 on November 5, 2016 at 5:28 pm

This opened on February 15th, 1913. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on February 12, 2023 at 12:36 am

Clint W. Kline built the Arcade Building in South Arkon in 1912 and 1913. The Arcade Theater launched there February 15, 1913 with motion pictures. The venue received a streamlined makeover in 1936 as the new-look New Arcade Theater. On October 9, 1938, the theatre rebranded as the Art Theater with a double feature of “Love Takes Flight” and “Killers of the Sea.” The theater’s movie run may have ended on March 6, 1939 as there are no further listings or ads until it is retrofitted as a house of worship. A Hungarian film with an appearance by Hungarian singer and Globe Records recording artist Margit Bodan may be the final Art Theater booking.

The venue became a house of worship in late 1939 and has retained that with a number of different host organizations from 1939 to the 2020s. Usage by the Southern Baptist Tabernacle suggests that the venue was renamed back to the Arcade Theater. The former Arcade Theater became the Akron Masjid Islamic Center in the 1990s to the 2020s.

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