Recreation: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector Summary
The arts, entertainment, and recreation industry has a rich history in Wayne County, Ohio. It includes vintage businesses such as smoking rooms and billiard clubs as well as the modern array of movie theaters, sports clubs, bowling alleys, art galleries, country clubs, and golf courses.
According to the book, Picturesque Wayne (p. 207), the Quinby Opera House was located on the corner of N. Buckeye St. and Larwill St. It was formally opened on Thursday night, 1 February 1877 with the showing of "As You Like It." The show was put on by John Ellsler's Euclid Avenue Opera House in Cleveland, Ohio.
Another well-visited building in the 19th century and early 20th century was the old Opera House. It was erected in 1887 and was built for a dual purpose: space for municipal offices and a place for entertainment. Once the Quinby Opera House was razed, the Opera House took over as the site for extravaganzas. It continued to serve as an Opera House until 1949. It was razed in November 1962.
The New American Cigar and Billiard Room had a space at 131 E. Liberty Street in the early twentieth century.
Baltzly’s Palace of Art existed briefly in Wooster from 1862-1865, but following the Civil War, owner Benjamin Franklin Baltzly moved to Montreal, Canada to work for William Notman’s photographic studio. During that time Baltzly became known for his work as part of the Canadian Geological Survey team in which surveyors were sent to chart the British Columbia interior to find a suitable path for the Pacific Railway across Canada.