Arlington Theatre

899 E. Market Street,
Akron, OH 44305

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dallasmovietheaters on February 15, 2023 at 1:34 pm

The Arlington Theatre was located across the street from the Alhambra Theatre. It operated in a commercial district that was outside of downtown though highly accessible using the Arlington streetcar or the Market streetcar lines in the 1910s. The Arlington Theatre was another of the handful of theaters opened and operated by female owners. Margaret F. Manross had begun her career in the box office of a downtown theater back in 1911. The 25-year old learned the industry deciding to open here on February 4, 1916 with Lon Chaney in “Father and Sons.”

Manross would sell out to Carl Fish. Mr. Fish had operated the North Hills' Pastime Theater in 1917 and took on the Alhambra. He then purchased the Arlington to own both of the operations using the Arlington for exploitation and four-wall films, primarily. The venue appears to have been converted first to a grocery store and then to an auto parts store in the 1930s.