Shea's Theatre

70 W. Main Street,
Geneva, OH 44041

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Previously operated by: Shea Theatres

Functions: Special Events

Previous Names: Liberty Theatre

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Shea's Theatre

The Liberty Theatre was opened by 1918. It was renamed (or rebuilt?) as Shea’s Theatre in 1932. It was closed in 1961. The building is now used as the Civic Center.

Contributed by Justin Vickers

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2022 at 9:17 pm

The January 3, 1932 issue of Film Daily said: “Geneva, O.— The Liberty is now called Shea’s.” I think Shea’s must have bought the Liberty, which dated back to at least 1918, and then built a new theater a couple of years later. In FDY’s through the late 1930s both Shea’s and the Liberty are listed, but the Liberty is always listed as closed.

A 1947 ad for a Stafford’s Jewelry and Music Store at 52 West Main Street carries the tag line “Three doors down from Shea’s Theatre.” 52 W. Main is a parking lot now, but what would be three doors up the block at 72 W. Main is a large, red brick building that looks like it could have been built in the 1930s. The front section is fairly low, but behind it is a taller, rectangular building that is just the right size and shape to be a theater auditorium. It now houses the Geneva Community Center. I suspect that this was Shea’s Geneva Theatre.

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fabulousfubby on April 22, 2022 at 4:47 am

Address is 70 West Main Street, the building is now used as Geneva Civic Center.

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