Motion Picture Building

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Motion Picture Building
Other Name(s) Motion Picture Exhibit
Type Exhibition
Park Section North
Built Unknown
Opened Unknown
Closed Unknown
Fires 1907
Frame Wood
Number of Stories 1

Moving Pictures or Motion Pictures were very popular at Olentangy Park. There was a Theatorium attraction, also known as the Motion Picture Exhibit or Motion Picture Building. The July 1907 fire that destroyed the first building (the Theatorium) was started by a firecracker thrown onto the roof. It destroyed the primary Theatorium building[1] and spread to other nearby exhibits like Hale's Tours of the World and the Photographic Gallery. The motion picture building was rebuilt the following year as the Motion Picture Exhibit. It reopened on May 2, 1908.[2][3]


  1. "Boy Leads His Two Sisters Out of a Fire at Park." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 5 July 1907. Pg. 13.
  2. "Olentangy Park Concerts." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 2 May 1908. Pg. 10.
  3. Barret, Richard E. "More on Olentangy Park." Columbus and Central Ohio Historian. Vol. 3. May 1985. Pg. 39.