Smoot Theatre

213 5th Street,
Parkersburg, WV 26102

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CharmaineZoe on February 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Pic of the marquee of the Smoot in early 1930: View link

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Joe Vogel on May 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

The January 7, 1926, issue of The Film Daily said that architect Fred Elliott was drawing plans for a new theater at Parkersburg, West Virginia, for the Smoot Amusement Company. The house would be built on the site of the Hippodrome Theatre.

GaryTrout on September 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

The 1950’s renovation of the Smoot employed a vitrolite exterior with six display cases. The two end display cases were for 40X60 posters (very expensive for the time), beside each of these display cases were identical ones, each with a 22X28 half sheet on top with four 8X10 photos underneath. On each side of the ticket booth there wer two long display cases used to display a set of 11X14 lobby cards.
The lobby of the Smoot was not impressive.

TLSLOEWS on May 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Nice photo and sign ken mc.

kencmcintyre on March 20, 2010 at 3:13 am

Here is another photo. I like the Vitaphone sign.

kencmcintyre on October 22, 2008 at 1:35 am

This 1914 photo from Google books shows the predecessor to the Smoot. The Hippodrome showed films and also vaudeville, according to the caption.

wilsbacher on May 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm

The projection room at the Smoot remains intact—although the staff don’t routinely allow visitors up there. The balcony also retains original wooden seating. Perhaps the Smoot will one day screen films again. The side of the Smoot also features restored advertising for Vitagraph and Movietone.

kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 10:50 pm

The Smoot was part of the JUR Theater Circuit in the early sixties. Joseph Raad was president, while Joseph S. Joseph was general manager. Besides the Smoot, JUR operated the Burwell, Parker, Mur Drive-In and Stanley Drive-In in Parkersburg, the Jur Theater in Ravenswood, the Ripley in Alpine and the Dixie Drive-In in Sandyville. Ohio theaters in the chain were the Belpre Open Air in Belpre, the Riverside Drive-In in Constitution and the Starlite Drive-In in Marietta.

William on December 7, 2003 at 2:12 am

The Smoot Theatre seated 913 people.