The Butler County Historical society’s popular “Theaters of Butler County” exhibit from 2013 has returned to the display hallway connecting the research center and the Benninghofen House Museum.
All of the large pictorial panels and some of the smaller programs, advertisements and memorabilia will be displayed until early June, according to Kathy Creighton, executive director.
“We thought the response was so positive when the exhibit was first on display that we decided to make it available for people who might have missed it when it was open in 2013,” Creighton said.
Featured in the exhibit are many of the long-lost stage and movie theaters of Hamilton including the Globe Opera House, Rialto, Palace, Grand, Paramount, and Jefferson theaters. Several Middletown theaters are included as are “opera houses” in small communities such as Reily, Bunker Hill, Seven Mile and Miltonville. Butler County automobile drive-ins are also presented.
Local area residents who had careers on Broadway, in Hollywood films, television and world opera singers are included in the exhibit as well. Some of the notable persons featured are the McGuire Sisters, Ray Combs, Agnes Moorehead, Stella Weiler Taylor and Perley Poore Sheehan.