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In the fall of 1867 a stock company, headed up by R. M. Allen and known as the New Castle Hall and Market Company, opened this building on South Mercer Street. The bottom floor served as a public market while the upper floor was a popular civic meeting place known as Shenango Hall. It was sold at a receiver’s sale to Jacob F. Genkinger in June 1898. It was soon remodeled into a fulltime theater and became known as the Opera House – and played host to various musical and vaudeville performances. The building was refashioned as the Capitol Theater in the early 1920’s and began showing moving pictures. The theater was destroyed by a disastrous fire on Sunday, February 23, 1932. It ruins were not fully cleared away until early 1938 and today the site is a parking lot. (c1905) Full Size
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This small advertisement, which was difficult to find, sheds light on the timeframe that Bob Hope appeared in New Castle. It was difficult to read so I re-typed it here. (Feb 1928)