155 S. Wellwood Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Associated Prudential Theaters Inc.
Previous Names: National Theater
Located on S. Wellwood Avenue diagonally opposite Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Roman Catholic Church. Ground was broken for the National Theater on October 13, 1913. Built at a cost of $4,500 by local businessman Edward Gleste, it was to be a venue for both silent films and live performances. The theatre opened on December 27, 1913.
After operating under several owners, and a change of name to Wellwood Theater, the theatre was acquired by the Associated Prudential Theater Circuit on November 24, 1941.
Although the structure had been constructed to be as nearly fireproof as possible, it burnt down an hour after closing on Easter Sunday, April 7, 1947.
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