Spent our Saturday afternoons here. 10 cents. We loved it. [Now the Brick House restaurant]
At the turn of the last century, the two properties that The Brick House now occupies, housed vaudeville theaters. The Lyric Theater occupied the space where the main bar and dining areas are today. The Capitol Theater is above the game room / banquet room. In the 1940's the Capitol was converted into one of Butler's five movie houses. Legend has it that Houdini performed and Herbert Hoover campaigned there sometime along it's storied history. Movie house records, found in the rafters, indicate that hundreds came to see movies on a nightly basis.
The Capitol Theater is still intact today on the second floor. In the early 1970's the Capitol side of the building was purchased and renovated into a restaurant by The Eat 'n Park Corp. where it remained until it's late 70's move to New Castle Road. Their renovation carefully protected the key elements of the Capitol Theater thus preserving this Historic site.
Greetings Charles: I wonder if you could place the attached picture of Colonel Ike Scanlon (real name was Michael Scanlon) on your blog. He was a train announcer for the B & O Railroad, but most people would remember him as selling newspapers at the corner of Main and Jefferson by the Hot Dog Shop. He left Butler in 1936 to move with his wife to Baldwin, Kansas. He was quite the well-known celebrity in Butler and even had his own orchestra "The Star Orchestra". He ran the miniature railroad at Alameda Park and was the first to sell souvenirs at the amusement park. -- Bill May