UPDATED: 4-26-2023


Looking west on Fifth from Market during the 1937 flood, showing
the Smoot Theater, the Post Office and Trinity Church.
(Photo courtesy of Artcraft Studio, 519-521 Market Street,
Parkersburg, WV 26101; (304) 485-5771.)

To promote the 1931 Universal Pictures film Frankenstein, the Smoot Theater placed
an ambulance and two nurses at the disposal of shocked patrons.
(Photo courtesy of Dan Kemper.)

The circus was in town, along with the Singers Midgets, in 1931. (Photo courtesy of Dan Kemper.)

In an advertising campaign with the Smoot Theater in 1939, Stern
Brothers Clothing Store offered tickets to Gone With the Wind.

Looking north at the corner of 7th and Market in 1946. On the left is the
Hiehle Theater. In Old Sacramento was a Wild Bill Elliott B-western.
(Photo courtesy of Artcraft Studio, 519-521 Market Street,
Parkersburg, WV 26101; (304) 485-5771.)

The Virginia Theater was located at 410 Juliana Street.

Looking east on Fifth Street from Juliana in 1950. From left are Dudley's Florist,
Ruth Furniture Company, the Smoot Theater, WPAR radio, and the City Building.

The Burwell Theater at St. Mary's Avenue and Nineteenth Street.

Here's a list of Parkersburg movie theaters. The Camden, built in the 1890s, was originally an opera house, but it began to exhibit films sometime after 1910. It burned down in 1929. The Hippodrome was probably Parkersburg's first movie theater. It shut down in the 1920s and the Smoot was built in its place.   (Thanks to Mike Rinehart for his help.)

Smoot - 211 Fifth Street
Parker - 716 Market Street
Hiehle - 703 Market Street
Palace - 804 7th Street (near Lynn Street)
Burwell - 1908 St Mary's Avenue
Strand - 422 Market Street
Virginia - 410 Juliana Street
Hippodrome Theater, renamed the Hipp Garden - 213 Fifth Street
Camden Theater - West side of Market Street near Eighth Street; burned down in 1929

Drive-in Theaters
Mur Drive In - 3930 Murdoch Avenue (across the street from where the Mall is today)
Starlight Auto Drive-In - Pike (Route 14) & Gihon Road
Sundowner - Gihon Road, at Rt #2
Jungle Drive In - Rt #2 North, at Rt #31
Belpre Open Air - Washington Blvd, Belpre
Riverside Drive In - Rt #7, just north of Belpre


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