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The Royal was operated for many years by the North Side Amusement Company owned by Martin G. Smith.
For many years until probably the mid 50’s the Westwood was operated by the East Side Amusement Company. The East Side Amusement Company was owned by Martin G. Smith and James Beidler, Sr. The Westwood gained notoriety in the early 50’s when Mr. Smith intentionally showed a benign film without first submitting it to the State of Ohio for approval. The law requiring submission was found to be in violation of constitutional guarntee of free speech (108 N.E. 2d 582, 63 Ohio Law Abs. 452,48 O.O. 310). Mr. Smith was the President of the Ohio Association of Independent Theater Owners for a long period of time.
The East Side Amusement Company was owned and operated by Martin G. Smith and James Beidler, Sr. The Eastwood, East Auditorium, Park, and Westwood Theaters were operated by this company.
M. G. Smith probably sold out to the Skirballs in the mid 50’s.
Martin G. Smith and the Skirball Brothers owned and operated the Pan-Pal Corporation that owned the Pantheon and the Palace. The compelling reason was that Smith’s Pantheon was larger and the Skirballs could obtain better films. Hence the Skirball films were shown in Smith’s Pantheon and Smith films in the Skirball’s Palace.
The Eastwood was operated by the Eastside Amusement Company. The Eastside Amusement Company was operated out of the Code Building at 6th and Main in East Toledo by Martin G. Smith.