Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dash Between: Herman Frankel, owned three Elyria movie theaters

Herman Frankel owned three movie houses, located within a few blocks of one another in downtown Elyria, from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s, before television and the newly opened Midway Cinema at the Midway Mall drew away audiences and cut into his profits.

During one particular week in 1960, movie fans could see the Doris Day romantic comedy, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," at Frankel's Capitol, watch Jerry Lewis in the zany "Visitor to a Small Planet," at the Rivoli or view "Samson and Delilah," a biblical epic from 1949 starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr, at the Lincoln Theatre.

Frankel also offered cartoons and kid-centric Saturday matinees and special showings of spooky movies.

Click here to read about "The Dash Between" Aug. 6, 1922, when Frankel was born in Cleveland, and Nov. 8, 2010, when he died at age 88, which was published in the Dec. 19, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

The Lorain County Historical Society provided this photo of the Capitol Theatre. It's from a collection of movie-related photos that Herman Frankel gave the society in 2005.

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