The Swan Theatre was built by William Swan who previously purchased the Lyric Theatre in 1912 and also operated the North Opera House. The Swan Theatre is one of few Spanish Colonial Revival-styled buildings in Columbus. The two round insets on the upper story were originally framed stone swans. A 1928 New Year’s Eve party introduced Columbus to the first “Talkies” movies with sound.
William Swan was an advance publicity man for the Barniman and Bailey/Ringling Brothers Circus. He met his wife Sophia while doing advance publicity work in Broken Bow. The couple picked Columbus as a place to settle down when William bought the Lyric Theatre. Swan’s niece was the late Rose (John) Fairbairn of Columbus.
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