Salem Community Theatre

490 East State Street,
Salem, OH 44460

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Salem Community Theatre (Official)

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Previously operated by: Harris Amusement Co.

Functions: Live Performances

Previous Names: State Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 330.332.9688
Manager: 330.332.9688

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STATE (SALEM COMMUNITY) Theatre; Salem, Ohio.

The State Theatre opened in November of 1922. In 1981 the State Theatre was purchased and converted into a venue for live performances. The Salem Community Theatre opened in May of 1981.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 28, 2022 at 8:07 pm

The State Theatre was altered in 1925, as noted in this item from the July 25 issue of Moving Picture World:

“The State Theatre, Salem, Ohio, is undergoing extensive alterations, including a new entrance on the main street. Manager C. V. Rakestraw says the original entrance on a side street was entirely inadequate.”
Virgil Rakestraw was also mentioned in the January 13, 1923 MPW which said that he had been threatened with arrest if he continued to keep the State in operation on Sundays. Rakestraw also operated the Grand Theatre in Salem.

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