Schine's Wooster Theater

211 E. Liberty Street,
Wooster, OH 44691

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tc714 on October 24, 2022 at 12:35 am

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!

schines211 on July 7, 2011 at 11:02 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.

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on July 6, 2011 at 7:38 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.

Patsy on April 17, 2008 at 10:46 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!

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 17, 2008 at 2:04 am

Awesome. Thanks, Lost!

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 16, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Anyone know the exact address?

schine211 on February 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm

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

Patsy on October 29, 2007 at 11:45 am

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

schine211 on October 29, 2007 at 7:56 am

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

Patsy on September 14, 2007 at 10:14 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!

Patsy on September 14, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Thanks, I think. ;–)

Patsy on September 14, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Would like to see the demo photos that were posted in 2002, but couldn’t find any when I went to the link.

Patsy on April 1, 2006 at 7:18 pm

Very sad that this art deco theatre was demolished to make way for a “tacky local jewelry store”.

Patsy on April 16, 2005 at 11:34 pm

frenchjr25: I can’t seem to bring up the site for the Wooster Theatre/demolition. Yes, such a shame that an art deco, single screen theatre in a college town would be demolished for a tacky jewelry store. Very sad! I’ve been to the town, but was before my interest in theatres, but did tour the Cat’s Meow business that is headquartered in Wooster.

Gideon on July 13, 2004 at 9:40 pm

When I was growing up in Wooster I knew this place as the “Theatrical”, a nightclub that was eventually shut down for drug and prostitution problems. In my teens I always had a dream of buying it and turning it into a coffeehouse/theater. Sadly, this theater was too far gone and was demolished to make way for a tacky local jewelery store. Sad, very sad.

frenchjr25 on January 7, 2002 at 1:02 pm

Photos of the demolition can be found at:

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