Ro-Na Theater

The Ro-Na Theater, located along South Third Street in downtown Ironton, Ohio, opened in 1949 and was billed as southern Ohio’s “finest theater.”






History

The Ro-Na Theater opened in 1949 and was billed as southern Ohio’s “finest theater.” 4 7 Among the most prominent features of the building were the lobby murals that depicted historical scenes from the region. The Ro-Na closed in the 1970s and later became an auto-parts store. 7 9 10

In February 2008, the Hampton family, owners of the Ro-Na building, donating the former theater to the city who had long hoped to restore the building to its original purpose. 3 A structural assessment conducted in June noted that the building was in good condition but required a new roof. 3 4

The city hosted a volunteering effort on July 12 to clean up the debris inside the building. 6 The Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council, a collection of regional unions, removed additional debris later in the year. 9

The roof was replaced in July 2009 11 and on May 19, 2014, a replica of Ro-Na’s marquee was re-installed and lit on May 23. 13


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Further Reading


Sources

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  1. Malloy, David E. “Ro-Na Theater could be reopened.” Herald-Dispatch (Huntington) 6 Jan. 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  2. Shaffer, Mark. “City looks at new roof for Ro-Na.” Ironton Tribune 21 May 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  3. Shaffer, Mark. “City looks to save Ro-Na.” Ironton Tribune 6 June 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  4. Malloy, David E. “Ironton plans to renovate old theater.” Herald-Dispatch (Huntington) 10 June 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  5. Shaffer, Mark. “City eyes engineer for Ro-Na.” Ironton Tribune 26 June 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  6. Shaffer, Mark. “Council to begin review, cleanup of Ro-Na.” Ironton Tribune 27 June 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  7. Hart, Kenneth. “Sale to benefit Ro-Na Theater restoration.” Independent (Ashland) 21 July 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  8. Shaffer, Mark. “Community rallies for Ro-Na.” Ironton Tribune 31 July 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  9. Greene, Rick. “Tri-State Trades pitch in on Ro-Na.” Ironton Tribune 7 Sept. 2008. 10 Dec. 2008.
  10. Sullivan, Jim. “Ro-Na fundraising campaign kicks off.” Ironton Tribune 31 July 2009. 13 Aug. 2009 Article.
  11. Sullivan, Jim. “Ro-Na roof plans start to take shape.” Ironton Tribune 23 June 2009. 13 Aug. 2009 Article.
  12. Sullivan, Jim. “New Ro-Na roof gets go-ahead.” Ironton Tribune 30 Sept 2009. 3 Oct. 2009 Article.
  13. Roberts, Brandon. “Ro-Na marquee will soon be lit.” Ironton Tribune 5 May 2014: n. pag. 13 May 2014. Article.

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2 Comments

  1. You might want to update the information on the Ro-Na Theater. It was sold to a non- profit group , Friends of Ironton who have since completed the renovation of the marquee along with renovation of the old restaurant. The renovation of the auditorium is a continuing project with grants being used to fund the renovation and restoration as well as any and all contributions from private companies and individuals.

  2. I just walked by and looked it up after seeing the historic place plaque. I just moved to Ironton and I loved exploring this city a bit. Now I’m going to go pass out. :p

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