Winchester in Clark County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Pastime Theater Disaster
On March 9, 1918, at 7:45p.m., a wall of a burned-out building collapsed onto The Pastime Theater near the end of the first showing. Eleven people were killed instantly and scores of others were injured. Eight of the dead were eighteen years old or younger. This was, by far, the worst disaster in the history of the City of Winchester.
Listed below are the names and ages of the victims killed in the collapse:
Abram Feld—52, Houston Noel—21, Coleman Aldridge—16,
Jesse Adams—18, Tommy Thomas—12, Rosie Azar—16,
Andy Henry—10, Everett Shindlebower—33, Houston Frisbie—10,
George Frisbie—8, Russell Smith—12, Robert Baber—33
Let Us Never Forget
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is March 9, 1918.
Location. 37° 59.656′ N, 84° 10.6′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Kentucky, in Clark County. Marker is on North Main StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 North Main Street, Winchester KY 40392, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Downtown Commercial District (within shouting distance of this marker); Gov. James Clark Judicial Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); County Named 1793 (about 500 feet away); "Morgan's Men" Here (about 500 feet away); Clark County War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Clark County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Vietnam War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Hanson Home Site (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
Also see . . .
1. Pastime Theater Tragedy (from the Lexington Herald, March 12, 1918). EIGHT VICTIMS OF WINCHESTER TRAGEDY BURIED Business Houses Closed for Day by Mayor's Proclamation; Schools Are Also Suspended
WINCHESTER Ky., March 11,- Everett Shindlebower, 30 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shindlebower, of this city, died in the Clark County Hospital tonight at 11:15 o'clock from pneumonia, which developed as a result of injuries sustained in the Pastime Theater disaster last Saturday Night. The death if fatalities in the crash up to 12. When taken to the hospital it was not believed that his injuries which consisted of a broken nose and bad bruises about the face and body, were serious.
WINCHESTER Ky., March 11- Funerals (Submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Winchester's Pastime Theater Disaster. Opening night of The Pastime Theater (24 N. Main St.), Winchester's second movie house, was on April 4, 1912. At the time, it could seat 333 patrons. The following year, the theater promoted its ability to show "Kinemacolor" films which was the first technology that colorized films (although the technology was relatively short-lived). Just three years after the theater opened, its operation was transferred to Vic Bloomfield who took a 17-year lease on the building. By May of 1915, the theater had been remodeled, overhauled, and expanded to its final seating capacity by extending the front of the auditorium some twenty-five feet. That extension was a single story in height, unlike the remaining parts of the theater. (Submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.