Schine's Wooster Theater

211 E. Liberty Street,
Wooster, OH 44691

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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Lyric Theater

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Front of Schine's Wooster Theater in the 1930's

Originally known as the Lyric Theatre, the Schine’s Wooster Theater was operated by the Schine Circuit prior to 1941. One of the last remaining Schine theaters in the country, the Wooster Theater was finally demolished in 1999.

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Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Patsy on September 14, 2007 at 7:14 pm

Interesting to read that this theatre didn’t get demolished until 1999, but at least we have the one b/w above. Great marquee!

schine211 on October 29, 2007 at 4:56 am

The new website for the Schine’s Wooster Theater can be found at:

Patsy on October 29, 2007 at 8:45 am

Interesting site and so sad that this art deco Schine theatre was demolished in a college town like Wooster.

schine211 on February 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm

The website for the Schine’s Wooster Theater has moved to

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 16, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Anyone know the exact address?

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 16, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Awesome. Thanks, Lost!

Patsy on April 17, 2008 at 7:46 am

Lost has come through again though I must say that every time I view the photo of this theatre at the top I just shake my head that the City of Wooster let this theatre go to the ages! That marquee was Awesome!

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on July 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I am surprised that as late as 1983 the Schine name was still on the marquee. Was it still there at demolition? There were very few buildings that retained the Schine name on their marquee.

schines211 on July 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

No the marquee was removed from the Schines Wooster Theater in 1988. But at the time that it was removed it still had the Schines Name on it.

tc714 on October 23, 2022 at 9:35 pm

I was the projectionist at the Wooster Theatre from 1969-1972, took over when 80+ y.o. Projectionist Blair Lightner retired. Tom Williams was Manager then. Theatre was owned by Panther Theatres out of Cleveland, I think. The house was still very old school technology. Two Simplex E7 projectors with Magnarc carbon arc lamps, which had to be changed over every 20 minutes or so for each reel. It was WORK in other words, one dare not fall asleep! But it was a great job while I was in college. Reliable hours and a good wage. Paid for groceries rent and my books! The old classic barn theatre with full balcony seated 1200, and sometimes we had that many for a show. Ran Woodstock for 8 weeks, and I always cranked up the Amps to “10” for the music!

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