I found this drive-in theater on a poker run with the Loudonville, Ohio American Legion Riders. It’s in Plymouth, Ohio on the northern edge of Richland County.
The theater sits on State Route 61, just on the southern edge of Plymouth, Ohio.
It is used as a salvage yard now and there is a for sale sign out front.
I find it incredible how long these old drive-in screens stay standing after they’re abandoned. I would think a giant flat area like this would be easily torn down by a strong wind. There must be more to their design than meets the eye.
If you can control a mans thinking, you dont have to worry about his actions. If you can determine what a man thinks you do not have worry about what he will do. If you can make a man believe that he is inferior, you dont have to compel him to seek an inferior status, he will do so without being told and if you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you dont have to order him to the back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very nature of the man will demand that you build one. – Carter G. Woodson
I’m learning something about photography and that is that if you want the really cool shots, you have to keep returning to the really cool places. Everytime I return to Shawnee, Ohio, I meet more people and learn more things.
This Winter I went to Shawnee a few times. I met Jason, a friendly native of Shawnee a few times. He keeps a good an eye on things and is quick to direct you to whoever you need to talk to if you want more information. He said he left Shawnee for a while, but returned and bought the house he grew up in. Then there’s Charlie and his friendly(and very large) Burmese Mountain Dog. This last visit, there was George Biggs. He gave us the grand tour of the interior of The Tecumseh Theater.
George Biggs gave me so much information that I’m not sure I got it all straight. A can refer you to the Tecumseh Theater website or the Tecumseh Commons Facebook page for more information. The rest of this post is a collection of photos I took of the interior.
The first big site George showed us was the old marquee for The New Linda Theater.
The Tecumseh as a lot of antiques from around the town too. There is a wall of bottles that were from the drugstore that closed across the street. Corby’s Whiskey was probably a stable of the working man then too.
As we entered, the antique remnants of the film days were displayed. These are the old film reels and canisters. Each one could hold about 20 minutes of a movie. The plastic reels were used for shipping for cheap shipping weights and the metal were used during the operation of the projector.
This is an old Peerless Magnarc movie projector. The “arc” in the name Magnarc comes from the fact that the old movie projectors operated by arcing 2 welding rods together to create light for the projection. The pipe on top was needed to vent out the gasses from the burning welding rods.
I thank George Biggs for his hospitality and the tour. The Tecumseh Theater is an ongoing project that history buffs may want to take more interest in. George explained that the geographic location of the town kind of keeps it off the radar for many and they’re working to change that.
If you’re in the area, stop and do some exploring of your own in Shawnee. The Tecumseh is just one building in a group of that are worth exploring.
The New Year’s Eve broadcast of the news instructed me that the first day of 2014 would be a nasty one. So nasty that I should just stay home and watch football on their station. No weather is that bad. There are just to many interesting things to explore.
I admit to being a little jealous. I’d love to just kick back, drink beer, and join in the revelry that is football. It looks easy and fun. Thing is, when I watch a game, I don’t see a game at all. I see an obviously manipulated, almost choreographed dance with a ball.
The players can barely communicate and they’re millionaires playing a game that there would be a long, long list full of capable athletes that are willing to play for far less money? What places these precious few in such a favorable position?
I see the stands full of approved and licensed fan-wear proudly displayed to show that they really are fans. They like the team so much that they’re willing to advertise all over their body for them.
Sorry, but no weather is bad enough for me to join in that. I like to take my camera and explore what’s left of my once-great city. I like to dream of things that could be done to fix it. The weather turned out to be very, very mild for January after all.
The photos I get reveal a little more to me every time I take my camera. I see more detail in the scene every time. It’s like looking for clues at the scene of the crime.
As I walk to the old stove factory, I pass a few folks that I would suspect to be intoxicated. I am screamed at with horns blowing by passing motorists. I’m on the sidewalk and I’m not doing anything out of the ordinary. Maybe since I lack football attire, it riles the natives? Maybe they think there’s a possibility that I’m not a “fan”? Maybe I’m violating some new law against being a pedestrian? Who knows?
Windows are busted out or boarded up, but it’s still there. Do you see those clouds? There just seems something very odd about them. They do make for an interesting photo though.
After poking around this old factory that made stoves that were so good that many are still in use 50 or 60 years later, I headed downtown to see what businesses were selling today. Here’s the shock and horror that I seen in a Newark business window. Art maybe?
There’s good reason that Tony’s Bar has been going just fine since 1945.
Every year Newark, Ohio has the “Light The Night” car show. The show raises money to decorate the Licking County Courthouse for Christmas. There seemed to be fewer cars this year, but still the majority of downtown was full.
I like the show because of the numerous range of cars. There is flat out junk, unassuming classics, to the usual classic show cars. Here are some photos of my favorites from this year.