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Now Playing: 1940

Now Playing: 1940

February 1940. Shoveling snow away from the movie entrance in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

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Oh, the movies I saw there

Most of the blockbusters of my 1970s-80s childhood (Star Wars, Superman, etc.) I saw at the Majestic, which was one of three movie theaters in town (Adena and Central, both gone now, were the others).

Very Majestic

I worked in that building as a stage actor for about a year and have spent countless hours in there. The Majestic is a fantastic space, acoustically, and a great architectural treasure of Chillicothe.


The house next door it still there too. Impressive, considering that the photos from the Majestic web site appear to be a downtown area.

Majestic Theater

This is Joe Manning. Check out the website for the restored Majestic Theater.

[Thanks, Joe. It certainly is grander inside than the exterior would indicate. Who knew that it had such a long and distinguished history! - Dave]

Movie Info

In case anyone is interested, here's a link with details concerning the 1939 movie Balalaika:

[Thanks, Cheese! - Dave]

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