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Wellston, Ohio – Louvee Theater Then and Now

Ohio Avenue, Wellston, Ohio Postcard

Ohio Avenue, Wellston, Ohio Postcard

I found a listing for this postcard on eBay, and immediately noticed the Louvee Theater marquee. While visiting Wellston, Ohio last summer, my mother and I took the following photo:

Louvee Theater Marquee, Wellston, Ohio

Louvee Theater Marquee, Wellston, Ohio

According to CinemaTour, the Louvee operated from 1937-2003. While once booming, the downtown area of Wellston has fallen into disrepair. My maternal grandfather, Ralph Williams Jr., graduated from Wellston High School on 5/21/40. I imagine the Louvee was very popular at that time.

Brian Davis – Christine (Williams) Davis – Ralph Scott Williams Jr.

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  1. Marty Sutton
    May 26th, 2011 at 16:05 | #1

    I remember going to the movies on Sat. afternoons & watching the western cliffhangers back in the 1940s
    I still remember how scared I got watching The werewolf meets Frankenstein

  2. May 27th, 2011 at 14:56 | #2

    @Marty Sutton Did you happen to know my grandfather, Ralph “Button” Williams Jr.?

  3. Shari Stowell
    September 24th, 2011 at 22:32 | #3

    It’s closed … wow. Sitting there rotting. Abandoned theaters make me feel only slightly less weird than abandoned churches.

  4. September 2nd, 2013 at 19:49 | #4

    My Grandparents, Ruby and Alden, owned Harper’s Grocery. Does anyone remember them? Hate to hear the Love closed. Loved to go there in the 60’s when I visited.

  5. Joyce Gold
    October 9th, 2013 at 09:44 | #5

    My grandfather, Bill Darnell, took tickets and kept the “rowdies” in line at the LouVee for years. I believe Stan Ridge was his boss at the time.

  6. Marty James
    May 22nd, 2016 at 21:56 | #6

    @Melanie Morris
    I use to go to Harpers on my way to school ea day in the 60’s and 70’s, the Harpers lived n the back as most small store owners did back then love and miss them times. there were also Newmans, Daltons & Hogans on the same street. Old stumping grounds.

  7. Rebecca
    March 6th, 2017 at 20:14 | #7

    @Melanie Morris
    I remember the Louvee, free Saturday matinees for kids in the 1970’s and I remember Harper’s grocery. We used to walk to their store and the movies when we spent the summers with our grandparents, Pearl and Roselle Russell.

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