The Robins Theatre
In August of 2019, The Millennial Theatre Company announced their plans to move into The Robins Theatre as their new, permanent home after its grand reopening in 2020. The Robins Theatre was commissioned by Daniel Robins, who was an early partner of Abraham Warner of the famed Warner Brothers. It was designed by C. Howard Crane and I.J. Goldston and constructed by the Charles Shutrump and Sons Company of Youngstown, Ohio. It was built in 1922 at a cost of $300,000.
The exterior of the building is in the Italian Renaissance style, while the theatre is Adam Style with Vermont marble columns, grand staircases, and ornate walls and ceilings. Floor seating totals 1,100 and balcony seating totals 400 for a 1,500 seat capacity. The stage was once used for vaudeville productions and could be converted from screening motion pictures to presenting live theatre performances in 24 hours.
The Robins opened to a full house on January 9, 1923. It remained in continuous operation until 1974, when the doors were permanently closed. In 2017, the theatre remained almost completely original, however, thirty years of vacancy had taken its toll, evidenced by peeling paint and crumbling plaster. Downtown Development Group purchased the property in December of 2017 and spent the following two years restoring the theatre to its former glory. The Robins Theatre will be fully restored and open to the public in January of 2020.