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City directory lists the address as 309 Wood St., but I guess that’s the other side of the building.
I was in Brownsville today and popped into their little museum. They had an organ on display and the docent told me it had been in one of the downtown theatres, but it certainly wasn’t a pipe organ. Looked like an old parlor organ. If they have a larger theatre organ, he didn’t mention it. I didn’t notice a brand on the organ. Sorry no pictures, photography in the museum was discouraged and I wanted to be friendly.
In today’s Morgantown paper, 12-29-2021, an article appeared that two men have purchased (?) the theatre and wish to restore. Apparently, Dan Coffey, architect who has worked on theatre restorations in Chicago has already visited. This is terrific news and I hope the theatre may be saved. It has had several problems since closing in 2010, including water and vandalism.
A 1947 issue of Box Office mentions a “Strand” theatre in Scottdale.
Putted around Farmington this afternoon but didn’t see any obviously theatrical-looking buildings.
It was a nice day so I drove out there this afternoon to see if any theatre-like buildings were still in town. There were a few possible candidates, I guess, but nothing obviously a theatre. I’ll keep looking for a more accurate address.
WVU Libraries have this picture of the “theatre and amusement hall” in Scarbro.
An old-timer in Osage once told me that there used to be three places in Osage to see a movie. This probably would have been in the 1930s. There are several candidates in “downtown” Osage that might have been little theatres. A lot of buildings have been torn down but plenty remain.
I have found a newspaper from 1985 that still lists the drive-in, so it didn’t close in 1984.
The marquee has recently been changed from a “For Sale” sign to a message indicating renovation or something may be happening. I don’t have further information but I will try to get a picture of the marquee.
Here is a photo https://archive.org/details/cmv_001030
Here’s a link to a nice photo https://wvhistoryonview.org/image/052406.jpg
Should be listed as demolished, came down in 1972 or 1973
If this address is accurate, this building has been demolished. The current building at this address was a G.C. Murphy’s store and looks nothing like the buildings in the picture.
Updated link to interior photos taken shortly before demolition:
The ticket booth and screen are gone but speakers and projection booth / snack bar seem to still be standing.
As of 2021 the marquee has been removed.
Supposedly some manner of restoration is in progress:
The building in the picture is on 330 W. Main St., the IOOF building is still standing.
Okay, I’m 100% sure this is Pike St., the tallest building on the right is the Waldo Hotel and the buildings on the left are now all a parking lot.
I’m not sure of this address, there’s almost no commercial buildings at all on Hamill Avenue, though that one building on Hamill does look pretty theatrical. I found this photo in the WVU archives identified as Pike St. after a Thanksgiving snowstorm.
2021 Streetview indicates that the sign has … sorta … been restored. I’ll try to get over there to snap a pic.
This theatre has been (mostly) restored and is currently open again!
I do believe the theatre pictured is actually the Rice theatre, but I could be wrong.