Arcade Theatre

1147 S. Old Main Street,
Akron, OH 44301

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dallasmovietheaters on February 11, 2023 at 7:36 pm

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.

rivest266 on November 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

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

cinscope on September 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

This theatre is actually at 1147 Old South Main St.

kencmcintyre on February 8, 2006 at 5:42 pm

Here is an interesting site regarding the history of theaters in Akron:
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