The Ohio Theater Reopens Its Doors

Jun 04, 13 The Ohio Theater Reopens Its Doors

What’s happening in ONE Village…
United North is in the process of renovating the historic Ohio Theater at 3114 Lagrange Street. The Ohio Theater originally opened its doors on February 28, 1921 with the film “The Mark of Zorro” starring Douglas Fairbanks. With 1,800 seats, the Ohio Theatre was Toledo’s third largest movie palace and was described by the Toledo Blade as ‘one of the most beautiful theaters in Toledo’. Unfortunately, the theater closed in 2009 due to needed repairs and lack of funds to maintain and operate the theater. Since the Ohio Theater is critically important in the revitalization of the business district, United North purchased the building in 2010. Currently, the three-story brick and stone masonry building comprises 8,000 square feet and features stadium seating. It is listed as a Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.
United North hopes that with the reopening of the theater, more people and businesses will be attracted to the business district and will be a benefit to the community, as well as the adjacent businesses. Renovation of the theater will provide access to the arts for low- to moderate-income families. United North and the Ohio Theater Committee have already established key partnerships and determined future programming which includes the Ohio Theater serving as a community center and a site for local school performances, neighborhood meetings, and numerous community events. Some these partners include the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the University of Toledo, the Toledo Ballet, the Toledo Symphony, and the Toledo School for the Arts.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>