South Main Street
I snagged these photos of the former Ramsay Theater quite some time ago. I was hoping to get a bit more information about it before I created a post about it; but I’ve come to a bit of a dead end.
This vintage theater with the lively paint job certainly must have some stories to tell, but there are precious few pieces of information about it on the Internet.
Cinema Treasures indicates that it opened in 1921 and closed in the early 1960s. A gentleman who stopped to talk to me when I was taking pictures mentioned that the apartments above the theater were inhabited as recently as the late 1980s. I REALLY wish that I could get a look inside. Not much is visible through the windows except some odd items in the lobby.
Jim McClure’s YorkTown Square blog has an interesting email from Doug Winemiller that mentions some Ramsay Theater history.
Do you have any Ramsay Theater information or memories that you’d like to share? Do you know if it was ever re-purposed for another use or has it really been empty for over 50 years?
Please feel free to share in the comments below!
The most intriguing thing that he mentioned to me was that there was once a billiard hall and several bowling lanes in the basement. If so, perhaps the equipment is still behind this fabulous mysterious door! Can you imagine how cool that would be?
I would also love to see what is left of the apartments on the second floor.
Why is there a chandelier hanging in the ticket booth? Inquiring minds want to know 🙂
Worthpoint has archived images of a Ramsay Theater playbill. Click the image below to see the complete playbill.