Help the Woodward Theater Win a $150,000 Grant to Restore the Historic Marquee
As participants of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Woodward Theater are encouraging the public to visit VoteYourMainStreet to help the Woodward Theater secure funding to help “Brighten a Beacon in Cincinnati” and preserve the historic theater’s marquee.
Help show the nation that Cincinnati cares about preservation
Historic Marquee to Be Recreated, Lights to Be Restored
Woodward is a rare surviving example of an early moving picture theater. Opened 1913 as a silent movie house in the Over-the-Rhine, it continued in that role until 1933. The glazed white brick facade and marquee were illuminated extensively, pushing the limits of 1913 technology into a new era. After decades of intervening uses, include auto sales, grocery and antique storage, it returned to theater use in 2013. Considering the range of uses, the architectural elements are, with the exception of the missing marquee, remarkably intact. The owners worked closely with preservationists and the OTR community and the theater is now a vital center of entertainment and community activity. This place matters because, since it reopened in 2014, it has added vitality to Main Street, sustains many non-profit initiatives, and shows us the Woodward could really light up the street…even in 1913!
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