Pastime theater items will be auctioned by the Landbank on Wednesday


Items from Jim Hale’s former home include movie posters, vending machines, baseball cards and more

COSHOCTON — A variety of items from the Pastime Theater and more will be auctioned at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Coshocton County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the Land Bank. The items are still being cataloged and photographed for display online.

Mayor Mark Mills said the auction will include movie posters, an old corn peeler, baseball cards, some metal signs, a Coca-Cola chalkboard, a cigarette machine, a soda fountain, candy and pop machines, a coffee maker, glass cases, mail office counter, bookshelf , old toys and more. Mills said the auctioneer valued the lot at about $20,000.

In March, the Land Bank acquired the property at 1802 Chestnut St. once owned by the late Jim Hale, owner of the Pastime Theater at 538 Main St. The abandoned home was the scene of the April 2021 rape and murder of Brianna Ratliff.

The house was recently demolished and the land bank sold the property to neighboring landowners Richard and Debbie Taylor for $11,650, half of the appraised value.

The land bank is seeking to recoup $8,450 in demolition costs from an Ohio Department of Development program that could fund up to $500,000 in Coshocton County Port Authority and land bank demolition projects.

Also found at Hale’s home were two 35mm film canisters containing a 1940 documentary called The Coshocton Story. It was last shown at the Pastime Theater in 1970, according to an old newspaper clipping held by Coshocton County Treasurer Janette Donaker. It includes interviews with school children, church members, service groups, Main Street business owners, city officials and others.

The Landesbank is currently looking for someone to digitize the film. Mills said he would like to hold a screening of the film once it is done, as a benefit to the land bank.

The land bank currently has $134,177 and is using the funds to purchase land, demolish buildings, and other expenses such as: B. a security fence that was recently erected in the former Custom Glove factory.

The old Pastime Theater building was acquired by the Coshocton Port Authority last summer and is being converted into the Coshocton Collaborative. It will be a unique maker space, business incubator and co-working facility while providing office space for the Port Authority and other entities. It is hoped that the theater area can also be revived for plays, concerts and films in the future.

Leonard Hayhurst is the community content coordinator and general news reporter for the Coshocton Tribune with nearly 15 years of local journalism experience and multiple Ohio Associated Press awards. He can be reached at 740-295-3417 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @llhayhurst.

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