Automatic Vaudeville

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Automatic Vaudeville
Type Arcade
Park Section North
Built 1909
Opened 1909
Closed 1911 (fire)
Manufacturer The Automatic Vaudeville Company

The Automatic Vaudeville was an attraction in the Olentangy Park Midway.[1] built in 1909.[2] The Automatic Vaudeville Company was founded in 1903 and owned a chain of Penny Arcades,[3] so this could be the penny arcade that burnt down in the Midway Fire of 1911.[4][5] Similar attractions at other parks featured a variety of amusements, including penny-operated machines like Kinetoscopes, punching bags, shooting galleries, and fortune-telling.[6]


  1. "Olentangy Park midway, postcard." Columbus Metropolitan Library Collection. Columbus Metropolitan Library: Columbus in Historic Photographs. 708O451916. Original Date: 1916. Date Modified: 23 December 2021.
  2. "Olentangy." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 11 April 1909. Pg. 5.
  3. "Automatic Vaudeville Company."
  4. "Fire at Olentangy Park." The News-Herald (Hillsboro, Ohio). Thursday, July 27, 1911. Pg. 1. [1]
  5. "Suspect Arson in Destructive Fire at Olentangy Park." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 17 July 1911. Pg. 1.
  6. "Cyrstal Hall." Cinema Treasures.