Perry Theater

Main Street,
New Lexington, OH 43764

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In 1949, the Perry was owned and operated by E.C. Davies. A fire on December 21 of that year completely destroyed the building.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on March 9, 2007 at 11:43 am

The theater seated 300. Here is an account of the fire from the Zanesville Signal:

300 Capacity Movie House Burned Out

NEW LEXINGTON â€" Fire early today destroyed the interior of the Perry Theater and caused damage to an adjoining store room and the Elks lodge hall. Volunteer firemen battled the flames for two hours before bringing them under control. Damage was estimated at $20,000.

The fire was discovered in the theater shortly after 2 a.m. by George Williams, a street department maintenance man. He sounded the alarm immediately and more than 20 volunteers soon were on the job. The interior of the theater, which seats 300, was burned out, but only heat damage resulted to the E. L. Page shoe and furnishing store and the lodge rooms, which are located above the theater. John Weiland, chief of the volunteer fire fighters, said he believed the fire may have originated from defective wiring near the theater’s stage. He was continuing his investigation this afternoon.

E.C. Davies, operator of the theater, left a week ago for a vacation in Florida. During his absence his son, Reed, is in charge. Last night’s movie ended at 11 o'clock and no one was in the building when the fire broke out, the chief reported.

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