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A shot on 4th Avenue, looking east. The Tipton Theater was built by brothers A.B. and S.J. Hyman, who owned the Keith-Albee and other theaters, and named for Cecil Tipton, a long-time business associate. Construction started in 1946, and the theater welcomed its first moviegoers on March 15, 1947. The theater was strikingly modern looking, reflecting what architects call Art Deco design. The plain white mass of white stone on the facade was broken in the center by a huge 80-foot tall tower, topped by the theater’s name in lights. Inside, seating was provided for an audience of more than 1,000. About 4:30 a.m. Oct. 21, 1950, a fire broke out at the J.C. Penney store in the 800 block of 3rd Avenue. When the alley wall of the Penney’s store collapsed, it showered the Tipton’s roof with sparks, setting it ablaze. The flaming roof fell into the theater’s auditorium, leaving it a charred ruin. The theater was not rebuilt. This photo also provides a good view of signs for Sears, Roebuck & Co. (on the south side of the avenue), Gold Furniture (just to the left of the Tipton) and the New China restaurant (behind the Ohio Valley Bus Co. coach). Thanks to Jim Casto for the information.

Gallery: Do you remember? -- Feb. 23, 2011

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We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.

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We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.

These photos were from a box of 4x5 negatives. They are most likely from the late 1940s to early 1950s.

Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.

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