13-15 S. 5th Street,
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Previously operated by: Shea Theatres
Styles: Renaissance Revival
Surprisingly, I cannot find much information on this ornate theatre. It was the second theatre named Liberty in Zanesville. This one was across from the Cinema 1. I would guess it seated around 1,500. It was opened on October 13 1927 with Norma Shearer in “After Midnight” plus a stage show. It was equipped with a Robert Morton organ. It was closed November 23, 1974 and razed soon after when purchased by a bank for parking. It had a fairly large balcony, which was open when they were really busy.
I saw many movies their as a child, and thought it was quite spooky. A local theatre group used it for plays. My parents took me to one around 1969. Much to my surprise, a pipe organ rose from the orchestra pit. I enjoyed that more than the play. I have heard the organ was purchased by a local man prior to the demolition. In addition the three beautiful chandeliers in the auditorium survive as part of the house lighting system in nearby McConnelsville in The Twin City Opera House.
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