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The Levoy Theatre Preservation Society (Official)
Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
Architects: William Wrifford
Functions: Live Theater
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- May 13, 2010 — Levoy Theatre financing package complete
The Levoy Theatre is Millville, New Jersey’s historic vaudeville theater and was originally built in 1908.
At its peak, the Neo-Classical styled Levoy Theatre seated over 2,000 patrons, making it one of the largest auditoriums in New Jersey. During the 1940’s the Levoy Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management. The Levoy Theatre closed in December 1974 and fell into disrepair.
It was purchased by the Levoy Theatre Preservation Society in 1998. The society, a non-profit group, is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of the Levoy Theatre as a community performing arts center and museum. Sadly, during renovation work on January 3, 2011, the building collapsed, and was partially destroyed.
Renovations were carried out and it reopened in August 2012.
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In this photo a 1958 Edsel is parked in front of the theater:
Here is a photo taken in 2009 by Seth Gaines.
Great looking theater. Did they loose the marquee in the collapse?
Thanks for you photo ken mc
The marquee had been removed during construction. Not sure where is was stored or if it sustained any damage, though.
Rebuilding has begun, news story here: View link
I asked the Levoy Preservation Society if the theater’s facade was going to be rebuilt like the original. Here is their answer: “yes Scott, the facade will look like the original 1920’s version. The Levoy had multiple face lifts over the course of the last century, and early on the design team and the board of directors chose to reconstruct the facade in the exact likeness of the one from a 1927 photo we have.”
Ogren Construction, the firm responsible for the Levoy Theater construction/restoration project has been cited by OSHA for “not properly supporting the structure and digging too low.” Story here: http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2011/07/ogren_construction_cited_by_os.html
I was a volunteer with Joe Pierce, back in 1998. I thought that we were going to restore the theatre. But when the city & state kicked in millions of dollars in grants, ..you guessed it the lawyers & politicians, who knew nothing about running a theatre, took over, & demolished the place!
The correct link to the theater is www.levoy.net. Lots of construction photos, as well as the theater’s history story is on the site.
The new marquee and facade restores the look of the LeVoy of 1925.
The Levoy also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LevoyMillville
The rebuilt theater reopens August 3 with The Music Man on stage. A full schedule of live entertainment follows. On Sept. 9, 2 silent short films are shown with live accompanyment by The Peacherine Orchestra.
First year of operation seen as a success. Philly.com story here.