13 N. 3rd Street,
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Previously operated by: Shea Theatres
Opened April 27, 1903, by Samual A. Weller who also operated the famous Weller Pottery in Zanesville. The opening production was the comic opera “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”. The stage curtain was designed by Cincinnati artist John Rettig. The theatre was used for movies and live performances. Seating was three levels. I found capacity listed as 1,700 and 1,300. In later years the gallery, 3rd level, was not open and probably accounts for the difference in seating.
In 1933 it was taken over by Shea Theaters, who also had the State Theatre(aka Quimby Theatre, Cinema 1) and Liberty Theatre in Zanesville. The theatre closed on December 9, 1962 with Steve McQueen in “The War Lover” & Bob Monkhouse in “A Weekend With Lulu”. The beautiful Weller Building was demolished in august-December 1963.
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