World Theater, 1229 Dorr St.

The World Theatre opened in 1921. In the early ’30s it was managed by Burt Shoonmaker. The World Theatre closed in December of 1963. Sepia Enterprises bought, renovated and reopened the World Theatre as the Sepia Arts Theatre in 1971. Charles Corley was the president of Sepia Enterprises and Erskine Guyton, treasurer. The theatre was badly damaged by a fire in 1973 and demolished later in the ’70s.

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Sylvan Theater (Toledo), 946 Sylvania Ave.

Was located in West Toledo’s Five Points area. Built 1921 by Clarence Cousino and partners. Cousino sold his interest in 1923. In 1924 the theater was managed by Isaac Tattersall. During the silent picture days Toledo musician Mrs. Claribel Blomquist played piano at the Sylvan. Later became the Park Theater operated by Smith & Beidler (’30s/’40s), then Wings of Healing Temple (1955-57). Demolished. Closed Rudy’s Hot Dog now occupies the site.

Park Theatre sign partially visible on far right edge. (Courtesy of the Ohio History Connection)

Car Stereo One, 5855 W. Central Ave.

Ohio Secretary of State docs show that Car Stereo One was created in 1979 by Fred Baumgartner with the location then being 4529 Monroe Street. A 1983 Toledo Blade ad notes Car Stereo One on the southeast corner at Central Avenue and Holland-Sylvania Road. The busniess was located in the former Pat & Jake’s Shell Service Station (c1970s) and Hiser’s Shell Service (c1960s).

The Car Stereo One building briefly included Baumgartner’s independent video store High Tech Video in 1984 (closed July, 1988).

In 1992 ownership of Car Stereo One was transferred to Steve Braun (Juster Corp.) Car Stereo One was relocated and the building demolished. A Rally’s fast food restaurant currently occupies the site.

Car Stereo One has been located at 5302 Airport Hwy with a second location at 5071 Monroe St. There was also a Dayton, Ohio area location (8600 Springboro Pike). In 2014 the location changed to 4920 Monroe St. Current location is 3120 Central Ave.

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Forest City Auto Parts, 1907 N. Reynolds Rd.

Opened in the ’80s. Closed in the ’90s. The long neck fellows name is Max. The idea was pitched to the two original brothers that owned the company, Stan and Arn and was inspired by a yellow page ad with the caption “Stop looking, we have what you need!” There were additional Forest City Auto Parts stores in Toledo as well.

Where it was. Forest City was known for its yellow, red and black exterior color scheme such as in the image below of a different location.
A different location, in Ohio.
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