Towngate Theatre

2118 Market St.
Wheeling, WV
Ohio County
304.242.7700
http://oionline.com/towngate/
Towngate Theatre on Facebook

Built in 1850 as the Zion Lutheran Church, the building was acquired by the Oglebay Institute in 1969 for use as a community theatre. The two story Gothic, Greek, and Italianate Revival style structure has a façade with a central tower and large Gothic Revival windows. Early renovations involved removing pews from the nave and replacing them with theatre seats from an area movie house. A stage replaced the altar area and the church’s balcony became a lighting booth. Since then, the building has been upgraded and refurbished with particular care to preserve its architectural integrity. The Towngate Theatre seats 166 and operates year-round with 10 theatrical productions, 25 weekend movie screenings, 2 film festivals, and 5-6 unplugged music events. (Listed NRHP 1984)

Theatre Trail - Towngate, reused church (1)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s