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The Star Theatre 1919

A Star Theatre ad postmarked 1919

If you wanted to take in a movie in the summer of 1919 all you had to do was stroll down North Main, not far from Fourth Street, and fork over a nickel at the Star Theatre. That year you could have seen a terrific Gloria Swanson silent film called "Don’t Change Your Husband." 

(It was such a hit she did a sequel the next year called "Why Change Your Wife?")

Gloria Swanson beyond words in a silent film

The Star Theatre opened in 1910 and prospered for 15 years until 1925, lowering its curtain gracefully before talking movies forced all the old nickelodeons out of business.

Then & Now: The Star Theatre

For more information about Nickelodeons in Mansfield check out this rundown on the local silent movie scene at The Age of Nickelodeons in Mansfield

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Sunday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.