I was asked to research the Oak Hill Theater and in the process, I realized it was owned by the same company as the Mayfair Theater (both were run by different managers but the actual ownership was the same).
According to Cinema Treasures: The Oak Hill Theatre was open in 1934. Seating was listed at 550. This was the largest of the three theatre in Oak Hill. The theatre was operated by Newbold Theatres who operated two of the three theatres in Oak Hill. The theatre closed in the late-1960’s.
Although the author above notes the theater opened in 1934, the article regarding the demolition of the building in 1975 (see below) notes it opened 25 Feb 1938.
Checking West Virginia business licenses for Newbold Theaters, I was able to find one for Oak Hill Theaters, Inc. Incorporated by J.C. Newbold. It was a C Corp, first filed on 29 Nov 1937. It went through a voluntary dissolution on 25 Sep 1973 and became inactive. J.C. Newbold operated out of Bramwell West Virginia. Other theaters owned by JC Newbold of Bramwell WV include:
|Organization Name||Effective Date||Termination Date||Termination Reason|
|APPALACHIAN AMUSEMENTS, INC.||11/3/1947||5/13/1982||Voluntary Dissolution|
|BRAMWELL CONFECTIONERY CORPORATION||1/1/1944||2/1/1949||Voluntary Dissolution|
|CINEMA THEATRES, INCORPORATED||7/27/1936||4/12/1958||Voluntary Dissolution|
|HINTON THEATRE CORPORATION||4/11/1946||8/22/1984||Dissolution by Court Order|
|MCCOMAS THEATRE, INC.||8/31/1937||9/1/1948||Voluntary Dissolution|
|OAK HILL THEATRES, INCORPORATED||11/29/1937||9/25/1973||Voluntary Dissolution|
|PLAZA THEATRE, INCORPORATED||7/15/1949||8/13/1959||Voluntary Dissolution|
|RONCEVERTE THEATRE CORPORATION||2/12/1943||1/16/1954||Voluntary Dissolution|
|WAR THEATRES, INCORPORATED||4/17/1948||6/30/1969||Voluntary Dissolution|
Mind you, that short list above only lists the West Virginia theaters J.C. Newbold owned. I found an article in Billboard Magazine from 1949 that notes he was building two in Virginia.
In notes on the Freeman Theater in Northfork, WV, I found: The Freeman Theater was probably open from at least 1927 or 1928. Records indicate that Wurlitzer built Opus 1801, a Style D, 6 rank instrument, for the theater and shipped it to Northfork in November, 1927. The Organ remained in the theater for approximately 20 years and then saw life again in the Bramwell (WV) Presbyterian Church. J. C. Newbold, owner of the Freeman, was also a member of the Church and donated it to the church, replacing a 1917 Hook and Hastings which probably needed some new leather on the resevoirs. The Wurlitzer remained in the church until 1968 when it was replaced by a Moller Artiste. The Wurlitzer was summarily thrown out on the street for the trash hauler to dispose of. My dad collected a few pipes from the organ. I still have those pipes. In the 1980s the blower was removed and moved to Lexington, KY. Had I been home in 1968, I would have had the instrument. But, alas, it is gone forever.
My favorite Junior year English teacher told me to assume makes an ASS of U and ME. However, trying to piece together who owned the Oak Hill Theater and Mayfair Theater, one would ASS*U*ME that it was none other than Dr J.C. Newbold of Bramwell, WV.
Dr Newbold was a pharmacist in Bramwell and loved entertaining and music. It would make sense given the note above regarding the Freeman Theater in Northfork. I found a post regarding a Steinway grand piano he owned which was purchased at his estate’s auction by Vaughn Cassell. In this post, Vaughn mentions finding music written by Newbold upon the purchase of the piano.
One would also assume that Newbold was a consummate entertainer on many levels and in many fashions. In my fair opinion, he had to be a cool dude.
Articles and Ads for Oak Hill Theater, Oak Hill Fayette County WV:
Articles and Ads for Mayfair Theater Oak Hill Fayette County WV:
The second theater mentioned at the beginning of this blog as being owned by Newbold Theaters was the Mayfair Theatre, open in 1940. Seating was listed at 350. According to Cinema Treasures, it closed in the late-1960’s. However, articles from 1961 note a boat company utilizing the building for a boat display.