Green Lawn Abbey

Stearn, Max

Max Stearn
Born 1873
Died 1944
A heart attack early Tuesday claimed the life of Max Stearn, 70, one of Ohio’s pioneer motion picture exhibitors and owner and general manager of the Southern theater. He died at his home, 311 S. Parkview Av.
He had been identified with the amusement business in Columbus since 1903, when he opened an arcade at Chestnut and High Sts. He opened the Exhibit Theater in 1907 and in 1913 he built and opened the Majestic Theater, making it one of Central Ohio’s largest show houses.
Innovations in cinematic entertainment introduced at the Majestic attracted national attention and Mr. Stearn and his theater became widely known for progressive methods of merchandising attractions.
Later he became principal stockholder in the Olentangy Park Amusement Co. with Leo and Elmer G. Haenlein as his chief associates.
During recent War Loan drives he directed sales campaigns in all Central Ohio theaters, this being but one of his many civic activities. At one time he was president of the Central Ohio Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the Columbus Automobile Club.
His name was frequently found at the head of committees which arranged drives sponsored by the Independent Theater Owners of Ohio. He was among the founders of Tent No. 2 of the Variety Club and a member of its first board of directors.
Born in Hoboken, N. J., Mr. Stearn came to Columbus in 1897. His wife, Mrs. Lelia Stearn, and one sister, Dr. Julia Lichtenstein of New York, survive.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Schoedinger Chapel, with Rabbi Samuel Gup of Bryden Rd Temple, officiating. Entombment will be made in Greenlawn Mausoleum by the A. E. Johnson Memorial Funeral Home, Baltimore, Ohio. Friends may call at the residence from noon Wednesday until noon Thursday.
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