853 Copley Road,
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Previously operated by: Highland Circuit
The Copley Theatre opened March 27, 1947, operated for a brief period until 1952. It reopened in 1953 in it’s more notable form as the longtime home of WAKC Channel 23, which was for many years the local Akron-based ABC affiliate. It funtioned in this capacity until 1996 when the station was converted and sold, eventually winding up as a PAX affiliate.
Although Channel 23 (now WVPX) still operates as as iTV (“Independent TV”, the new version of PAX), Paxson Communications (parent of PAX) sold the building in 1997 to Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church - the current owner and tenant.
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WAKR (not WAKC) was originally Channel 49. It moved to Channel 23 some time between 1965 and 1968, while I was living there.
That’s true Ron. I just put the most recent info about the station lest this become more of an entry for the TV station than the theater. But for accuracy’s sake, it did open in 1953 as WAKR. They did switch the call letters to WAKC later down the line, though.
It was WAKR when I lived there, and I didn’t realize that they had later changed their call letters.
March 27th, 1947 grand opening ad in photo section.