The Ohio Theater celebrates its 95th anniversary

LIMA – The crowd turned out on Thursday night to celebrate the birthday of the Lima venue, which is gaining popularity again.

The Ohio Theater in Lima celebrated the 95th Council for the Arts of Greater Lima Bart Mills and Lima Poet Laureate Timothy Cheeseman.

“It was great to go out and celebrate almost a century, not quite a century, of having a place like the Ohio Theater in a community like Lima,” said Smith. “I am grateful to people like (owners) Joe (Correll) and Michael (Bouson) who saw what a gem it was and wanted to come in and put not only their finances but also heart and sweat capital to bring it back to life.”

The mood was cheerful and hopeful as Correll and Bouson thanked patrons and guests told them about the restoration work being done on the theater, which is now closed except for the bar area.

“And what can you do is send a message to the rest of the city because there are loads of people here and we want to be packed every night now because you see it?” said Bouson, pointing to the audience section. “We want to finish plastering and plastering this wall. I would very much like help. So please spread the word. Let’s get people here. Let this place be full and alive. And if we can do that, it will help bring downtown to life, and that’s the main goal of almost everyone here, is to reboot this downtown.”

All the guests were optimistic, including resident Mike Huffman.

“It’s such a great project and I’ve been working on it a bit, as a volunteer, and I think I think it’s going to grow,” he said. “I think it will be something that will establish itself and continue to grow. So these kinds of events are really important, no matter how big or how small the attendance is, it’s a cumulative effect. I thought so.”

“I look forward to the days when people will line up to come here, not just from Lima and Allen County, but from across the region, state and even across the country, to come and enjoy entertainment in a place that has stood the test of time.” time,” said Smith.

Bouson said he could tell that people knew the theater needed help and that everyone came with a generous spirit even before they knew how bad the building was.

And he believes there is one valid reason for that.

“I think the only takeaway is what we said in our first interview that our names might be on the act,” Bouson said. “But this theater belongs to Lima. And we couldn’t mean it more than today. I mean, just seeing the different generations of people who came to the event reminded us of how this building has impacted people’s lives in so many ways. Fond memories, drunk memories, crazy memories, haunted memories. So we look forward to creating a whole bunch of new fun, exciting, maybe not haunted but fun memories for today’s audience.”

The Ohio Theater currently operates the Stage Door canteen and Piano Bar at the rear of the auditorium, but will begin presenting performances with “Seasoned Greetings,” a musical comedy that premieres December 9 in this section.

Contact Jacob Espinosa at 567-242-0399


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