Dutch styled, atmospheric theater, closed as a movie theater but reopened as a concert and theatrical venue
"From the outside, the Holland Theatre has not changed dramatically since it was built. The exterior of the Theatre is attractive rose-colored brick. The three story structure has a stepped, Flemish-style gable that gives only a hint of as to what awaited movie-goers inside when the Theatre was in its heyday. Although the lobby and main foyer of the Holland has been cosmetically altered through the decades, originally both spaces introduced the Dutch theme with its hewn timber framed beams, heavy plastered walls, and reproductions of famous Dutch paintings hung between field-paneled walls.
"While 1,400 patrons sat in air-conditioned or heated comfort, they did so as their eyes told them they were outdoors. The interior auditorium was designed as a convincing representation of a 17th-century Dutch cityscape. Blooming tulips waved gently in window boxes as two working windmills quietly stirred the air. The brick and timber-framed facades were careful reproductions, nearly actual sized, of known buildings – one of which was the family home of the Holland’s architect, Peter Hulsken. Windows in these facades were dimly lit from within, giving the impression that building’s interiors were illuminated by candlelight. The ceiling was painted a deep blue, and tiny lights simulated flickering stars. A cloud machine completed the effect. The largest movie screen in Ohio, 40-feet long, filled the stage."
Adapted from the Holland Theater Facebook Page, link below. Also, see the Cinema Treasures website, link below, for more about this fascinating theater.
The city of Bellefontaine received a nod in the W.C. Fields film,
The Holland Theater has been owned by Logan County Landmark Preservation, Inc. since 1999
The city of Bellefontaine received a nod in the W.C. Fields film,The Old Fashioned Way, released in 1934. Although the story revolves around a traveling theatrical troupe, the setting was 1897 and the Holland Theater was not built until 1931.
The Holland Theater has been owned by Logan County Landmark Preservation, Inc. since 1999.