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englewoodcinema commented about Page Cinema Arts Theatre on Jul 21, 2005 at 8:30 am

The trouble with Page Manor is two things.

Joe Kinney the theaters owner and
John Augustine the want a be theater owner and manager.

Joe Kinney has no experience in the theater business.

John Augustine is a want to be reject.

The Page Manor was rushed opened last year. The marquee was not fixed and still is not fixed.

They later broke the Page Manor Shopping Center sign over the marquee which they have yet fixed.

The theatre was $2.50 and did some business.
It is hard to wake a dead horse up after being closed six years.

Joe Kinney and John Augustine just a few months later dropped admission to $1.00.

They hoped the patrons would buy more snacks if admission was lower.

This is what was going on at Teicher Theatres which has several $1.00 cinemas and makes good money.

The bad side to this Page Manor with two screens and often three movies playing and averages about 50-60 for a evening on Fr&Sa movie or about 10-15 for Sa, Sun matinee combined! Take half away for the Sun-Thurs show. It comes to an average of
500 or 600 admissions a week combined.

They say only about half of you customer will spend at least $5.00 at your theatre that is say 300 pepole spending $5.00 equals $1,500
a week $6,000 a month! Page Manor is still paying up front for on most bookings. That averages out to about $700 – $900 a movie.

Say Page Manor pays $700 three times in a month that is $2,100.
Pepsi and Gold Medal (Consession Cost) is about 400 a week times 4 is about $1,600 a month. Electric runs about $4,000 – $5,000 a month. Patroll is about $900 – $1,000 a week! Round up to $1,000 is $4,000 a month! Plus $3,000 in rents that about $10,200 before you buy anthing elese. So the cost of Page Manor is about $10,200 and it takes in on a good month about $6,000!

Theicher averages about 2,500 to 3,000 or more a week.

Not understanding this Joe and John have became a
cancer to the Page Manor.

Also they now can not get some movie when other discount cinemas receive them, often 8-10 weeks later.

This week is the big bomb “REBOUND”. Because of the admission they can not get “THE LONGEST YARD”.

At a dollar Page Manor still averages 30-40 people a show!
Joe and John think they have something to prove and that is why it is still open.

They have also had trouble with playing DVD movies from major studios and not paying for them.

They have switched bookers three times in a year.

Instead of hiring experienced employees Joe hired family and friends that was robbing him blind.

After so much being stolen he fired them.
John brought in his friends.

John who is qualified him self “trained them”.

They are now nothing more than a group of lackeys.
What could have been a great theatre again is lost.

The theatre is a joke and the stigma of it is a stain.

The only hope is when the lease runs someone might take it.
But that is not likely they already killed it and with the first closing last years the landlord will not likely take it down.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Movie Palace on Jul 20, 2005 at 9:22 am

I am not sure when Weaver Cinemas took over the Flicker Palace but they did own it by 1984 before selling it to their manager in around 1992.

Weaver operated four theatres that I know of through the 1980’s. Huber Heights Flicker Palace, Englewood Cinema (they still own the building and shopping center it is housed in), The DaBel Cinema and Midtown Twin in Middletown. Brenda Baker who now owns Englewood Cinema was a general manager for the Weaver Cinemas chain.

I also now Huber Heights Flicker Palace name came after it was called first Jerry Lewis Cinema than Huber Heights Cinema.

I saw “Attack of Kiler Tamatoes” their for a midnight showing and Weaver Cinemas was operating it.

I did look up several newspaper ad yesterday from the early 80’s and infact it did read “Weaver Cinemas” Flicker Palace / Englewood.

DaBel at this time was still owned by Midstates Theatres.

FUN FACT
A lot of people think the Jerry Lewis was Huber Heights' first cinema … Not true! The Wayside North was opened in April 1962 by Charlie McCartney and is located on Brant Pike. It featured Disney cartoons on the lobby wall and the building still stands today. The Huber Heights Wayside played its final show in the fall of 1965. The building still stand today!

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema on Jan 18, 2005 at 8:08 am

Jerry Young from Dayton moved to Florida? Owned to Middletown Theatre and went to UATC Movies at Clearwater ?? If so please email me it is very important!!!!

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Loew's Ames Theatre on Jan 18, 2005 at 8:06 am

Jerry Young from Dayton moved to Florida? Owned to Middletown Theatre and went to UATC Movies at Clearwater ?? If so please email me it is very important!!!!

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Cinema X East on Jan 14, 2005 at 10:24 am

Charlie McCartney who owned this cinema now owns the main stream Page Manor Cinemas with his neighbor Joe Kinney.

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englewoodcinema commented about Sydney Theatre on Jan 14, 2005 at 10:20 am

The down fall of Sideney Cinemas is that kids cannot be out past 10pm on the weekends in the city, so your movies would have to be over by 10pm leaving you with only 7,715,730 shows. The city of Sidney
is a not the only reason why the cinemas closed but the city also did not help in it staying open!

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Sydney Theatre on Jan 14, 2005 at 10:17 am

Sidney is for sale it is $199,000.It comes with the 3 screen cinema, 5 apartments and two offices. The screens and seats are still inside, it seats 90 in each balcony cinema and 300 in the main house, one time 500 seats which could be once again be placed.
Screen # 1 was replaced a few years ago so it’s in great shape that is also a new roof on the building.
Call Chakeres for more info.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:48 am

TO CINEMA TREASURES.ORG
What is Loews Salem Avenue Theatre, they never used that name at the theatre or did USA and Levins used cinemas when it was a twinplex and later it was Kon-Tiki Cinemas 1-2-3.
Loews and USA Cinemas called it Salem Avenue Cinemas the only Dayton area theatre Loews used the word theatre in was Beaver Valley which was Loews Beaver Valley Theatres, USA and MidStates called it Beaver Valley Cinemas anyway Loews Salem Avenue Theatre is VERY WRONG.
Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas would be correct.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:42 am

ALSO THE CHAIN:UKNOWN should say Levin Theatre Co.
They owned over 2 dozen theatres in the 1950s,60s,70s and 80s today only theatre is Dixie TWIN Drive-In.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:39 am

Kon-Tiki was the brainchild of the late Sam Levin.Kon-Tiki means Sun God and Al Levin puts it best. To the Levins the Kon-Tiki closed on May 13th 1987 when they leased the theatre to USA Cinemas who named the complex Salem Avenue Cinemas. When it closed in February 1999 it could have been a turnkey theatre since Levin’s owned all the equipment.
The Kon-Tiki featured six projectors, two for each screen.
LOEWS owned nothing and took nothing. LOEWS was paying Levins $125,000 a year in rent so when it closed the Levins just put it up for sale asking $590,000 for the 28,000 sq ft theatre and the land. All hope was lost when the roof started to go and a few winters back the water pipes busted. The theatre also had been broken into a few times over the years that is why two of the screen was cut.

I have been inside the Kon-Tiki several times over the years since she closed and I saw her waste away. On Monday I was there to say my goodbye and Tuesday to see her come down, in the end she was full of mold and water. Kon-Tiki is now gone forever but

WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE SUN GOD- KON-TIKI.

KON-TIKI THEATRE
1968-2004

TIMELINE

August 1968 Opens with Odd Couple.

By mid 1970’s Kon-Tiki Twin was born.

Late 1970's
Midstates keeps adding screens to Salem Mall Cinemas from 1 to 2 to 4 and Chakeres Theatres twins Cinema North so another screen is put up at Kon-Tiki.

1983 Levins close nearby Salem Drive-In

1985 Levins find it harder to get good movies at Kon-Tiki.

May 13th 1987 USA who took over Midstates Salem Mall 4 and Beaver Valley 6 lease Kon-Tiki from Levins in a 15-year deal.

USA now has 7 screens in West Dayton Chakeres now has 5 at Cinema North.

1990’s LOEWS takes over USA Cinemas.

Salem Avenue Cinemas get flops and left over movies from Salem Mall Cinemas and even sometimes movies from the now National Amusements owned Cinema North.

1996 Salem Mall Cinema close in June.

1997 The first real hit to show at Kon-Tiki in almost 20 years Titanic opens national and at Salem Avenue Cinemas.

September 1998 National Amusements close Cinema North 5.
West of the river now has no first run cinemas but the Salem Avenue Cinemas. Salem Mall is now a $2.00 cinema.

December 1998 LOEWS wants out of Dayton market.

February 1999 LOEWS closes Salem Avenue Cinemas Kon-Tiki plays
The Faculty, Virus and Down in the Delta.

December 1999 LOEWS leaves Beaver valley and the Dayton market/

January 2000-2004
Water pipes bust at Kon-Tiki and vandals trash the theatre and cut screens.
Mold takes over theatre.

Levins donate Kon-Tiki to Trotwood

2005 Trotwood demolishes Kon-Tiki.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:33 am

KON-TIKI had 1,687 seats as a triplex about 1100 when a single.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:32 am

The final movies played by Levins at Kon-Tiki was as follows:

Friday May 8th – Thursday May 14th, 1987

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (PG)
FRI @ 7:25, 9:10, 10:55 SAT @ 1:45 3:30 5:20 7:25 9:10 10:55
SUN @ 1:45 3:30 5:20 7:25 9:10 MON-THURS 7:25 9:10
………………………………………………………..
My Demon Lover (PG13)
FRI @ 7:30, 9:10, 10:50 SAT @ 1:30 3:10 4:50 7:30 9:10 10:50
SUN @ 1:30 3:10 4:50 7:30 9:10 MON-THURS 7:30 9:10
………………………………………………………..
Creep Show 2 ®
FRI @ 7:45, 9:30, 11:15 SAT @ 1:00 2:45 4:30 7:45 9:30 11:15
SUN @ @ 1:00 2:45 4:30 7:45 9:30 MON-THURS 7:45 9:30

The Kon-Tiki closed that Friday May 15th 1987 so USA Cinemas could do some “work on the theatre”. It was reopen weeks later as Salem Avenue Cinemas.

USA Cinemas did “work” to the theatre was was reopened weeks later as Salem Avenue Cinemas.

When it first open in August 1968 it said “Kon-Tiki-The Sun God”

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:32 am

The final movies played by Levins at Kon-Tiki was as follows:

Friday May 8th – Thursday May 14th, 1987

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (PG)
FRI @ 7:25, 9:10, 10:55 SAT @ 1:45 3:30 5:20 7:25 9:10 10:55
SUN @ 1:45 3:30 5:20 7:25 9:10 MON-THURS 7:25 9:10
………………………………………………………..
My Demon Lover (PG13)
FRI @ 7:30, 9:10, 10:50 SAT @ 1:30 3:10 4:50 7:30 9:10 10:50
SUN @ 1:30 3:10 4:50 7:30 9:10 MON-THURS 7:30 9:10
………………………………………………………..
Creep Show 2 ®
FRI @ 7:45, 9:30, 11:15 SAT @ 1:00 2:45 4:30 7:45 9:30 11:15
SUN @ @ 1:00 2:45 4:30 7:45 9:30 MON-THURS 7:45 9:30

posted by ReelMovieInfo on Jan 7, 2005 at 2:25pm
The Kon-Tiki closed that Friday May 15th 1987 so USA Cinemas could do some “work on the theatre”. It was reopen weeks later as Salem Avenue Cinemas.

USA Cinemas did “work” to the theatre was was reopened weeks later as Salem Avenue Cinemas.

When it first open in August 1968 it said “Kon-Tiki-The Sun God”

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:28 am

The Kon-Tiki closed that Friday May 15th 1987 so USA Cinemas could do some “work on the theatre”. It was reopen weeks later as Salem Avenue Cinemas.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:25 am

I WOULD LIKE TO CORRECT MY SELF!!
When I said
To the Levins the Kon-Tiki closed in March 1987 they leased the theatre to USA Cinemas. It was May, May 13th 1987to be exact.

The final movies played by Levins at Kon-Tiki was as follows:

Friday May 8th – Thursday May 14th, 1987

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (PG)
FRI @ 7:25, 9:10, 10:55 SAT @ 1:45 3:30 5:20 7:25 9:10 10:55
SUN @ 1:45 3:30 5:20 7:25 9:10 MON-THURS 7:25 9:10
………………………………………………………..
My Demon Lover (PG13)
FRI @ 7:30, 9:10, 10:50 SAT @ 1:30 3:10 4:50 7:30 9:10 10:50
SUN @ 1:30 3:10 4:50 7:30 9:10 MON-THURS 7:30 9:10
………………………………………………………..
Creep Show 2 ®
FRI @ 7:45, 9:30, 11:15 SAT @ 1:00 2:45 4:30 7:45 9:30 11:15
SUN @ @ 1:00 2:45 4:30 7:45 9:30 MON-THURS 7:45 9:30

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Plaza Theatre on Jan 7, 2005 at 10:18 am

I am confused!!!
THIS PLACE IS CALLED Plaza Twin but it has only one screen up and running.

I talked to someone who said they were the manager when I asked to speak to a manager.

I asked why they were only playing only one movie. She said work is being done on the other theatres. I said you’re a twin right, what other theatres, you mean your working on the second screen. The lady than said that they were a quad and the other theatres would open soon. The lady seemed like she was in a rush because she acted like she was in a hurry to get off the phone.

I said if you are a quad why is it called Plaza Twin?
The lady said “We will have four theatres but will still be Plaza Twin sir, okay have a nice day”. The phone clicked and that was it.

I ask you all to help me… tell what is going on with the Plaza Twin. If it is going to be a four-screen quad why keep the name Plaza Twin that would be dumb.

That is like having Cinemas 8 and calling it Cinema 4.
Can anyone help me??

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished on Jan 7, 2005 at 10:01 am

I have several photos of the Kon-Tiki and I am currently working on a website that we be all about the Levins. I will have a massive page all about the Kon-Tiki not only because it was their flagship theatre but also it is the most beautiful theatre I have ever seen. In my collection I have the grand opening pictures from the front of the Kon-Tiki taken from across the theatre on Salem Avenue. I have several inside pictures of the Kon-Tiki as a single screener and lobby area. Kon-Tiki’s marquee at night in the early 1970’s is one that makes me want to cry. I have pictures of the twin being put up and even pictures of USA taking down several of the items that made her great including what they called “work” to the marquee. I have two Tiki torches and have taken pictures of them which I will place on the website also. I also sadly have pictures from inside and outside on the night she closed and pictures after she was attacked by mold and water damage. Also I will but up the blue prints for the Kon-Tiki as a triplex. I will add a link soon when the site is up.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished on Jan 6, 2005 at 7:21 am

Al,Lou and Sam Levin, The brothers three as they were once known are probably Dayton’s most successful Jewish Family.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished on Jan 6, 2005 at 7:19 am

ALSO NOTE:
Kon-Tiki was pattern after The Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The late Sam Levin saw the Chinese Theatre and fell in love with it and wanted to bring something like that to Dayton.

The volcano sinks and lit tiki torches surrounding the parking lot area and the one time massive marquee are some of things that most people remember about the Kon-Tiki.

The funny thing is when the Kon-Tiki first open in August 1968 the theatre had no concession stand. Mr. Sam Levin wanted it to be very upscale and for what ever reasons, he may have only known why it should not, the Kon-Tiki did not have a concession stand. Mr. Sam Levin soon did change his mind and add a concession stand.

The Levins were very much showmen. Brother Al, Lou and Sam Levin produced The Girls on the Beach in 1965 with the Beach Boys.

Al and Lou still own the Dixie Drive-In which is now a twin, which host the Paris Flea Market. They also own Turtle and Creaser Creek Flea Markets.

They once owned the 20TH Century Theatre, Esquire Theatre, Ferguson Hills Drive-In, and Jolly Roger Drive-In all in Cincinnati.

The Levins also owned the first ever twin theatre ever back in 1959 when they added another screen at the Sherwood Drive-In Theatre.

They had a car wash, fast food restaurants to name a few.

Al,Lou and Sam Levi, The brothers three as they were once known are probably Dayton’s most successful Jewish Family.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema on Jan 6, 2005 at 6:53 am

Salem Avenue Cinemas (Kon-Tiki) was demolished on January 5th 2004.

R.I.P
Kon-Tiki- The Sun God
1968 – 2004
Read More!
http://cinematreasures.org/news/12583_0_1_0_C/

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished on Jan 6, 2005 at 6:48 am

The Kon-Tiki was originally has a single 1100 seat theatre. A new theatre was built onto the Kon-Tilki and in the end the big 1100 seat has was split down the middle to make it a triplex.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished on Jan 5, 2005 at 12:52 pm

Kon-Tiki was the brainchild of the late Sam Levin.Kon-Tiki means Sun God and Al Levin puts it best. To the Levins the Kon-Tiki closed in March 1987 when they leased the theatre to USA Cinemas who named the complex Salem Avenue Cinemas. When it closed in February 1999 it could have been a turnkey theatre since Levin’s owned all the equipment.
The Kon-Tiki featured six projectors, two for each screen.
LOEWS owned nothing and took nothing. LOEWS was paying Levins $125,000 a year in rent so when it closed the Levins just put it up for sale asking $590,000 for the 28,000 sq ft theatre and the land. All hope was lost when the roof started to go and a few winters back the water pipes busted. The theatre also had been broken into a few times over the years that is why two of the screen was cut.

I have been inside the Kon-Tiki several times over the years since she closed and I saw her waste away. On Monday I was there to say my goodbye and Tuesday to see her come down, in the end she was full of mold and water. Kon-Tiki is now gone forever but

WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE SUN GOD- KON-TIKI.

KON-TIKI THEATRE
1968-2004

TIMELINE

August 1968 Opens with Odd Couple.

By mid 1970’s Kon-Tiki Twin was born.

Late 1970's
Midstates keeps adding screens to Salem Mall Cinemas from 1 to 2 to 4 and Chakeres Theatres twins Cinema North so another screen is put up at Kon-Tiki.

1983 Levins close nearby Salem Drive-In

1985 Levins find it harder to get good movies at Kon-Tiki.

1987 USA who took over Midstates Salem Mall 4 and Beaver Valley 6 lease Kon-Tiki from Levins in a 15-year deal.

USA now has 7 screens in West Dayton Chakeres now has 5 at Cinema North.

1990’s LOEWS takes over USA Cinemas.

Salem Avenue Cinemas get flops and left over movies from Salem Mall Cinemas and even sometimes movies from the now National Amusements owned Cinema North.

1996 Salem Mall Cinema close in June.

1997 The first real hit to show at Kon-Tiki in almost 20 years Titanic opens national and at Salem Avenue Cinemas.

September 1998 National Amusements close Cinema North 5.
West of the river now has no first run cinemas but the Salem Avenue Cinemas. Salem Mall is now a $2.00 cinema.

December 1998 LOEWS wants out of Dayton market.

February 1999 LOEWS closes Salem Avenue Cinemas Kon-Tiki plays
The Faculty, Virus and Down in the Delta.

December 1999 LOEWS leaves Beaver valley and the Dayton market/

January 2000-2004
Water pipes bust at Kon-Tiki and vandals trash the theatre and cut screens.
Mold takes over theatre.

Levins donate Kon-Tiki to Trotwood

2005 Trotwood demolishes Kon-Tiki.

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Kon-Tiki Theatre Demolished on Jan 5, 2005 at 10:18 am

3stooge is open in 68 closed in 99 that is 31 years NOT by 37!

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englewoodcinema commented about Roxy Theater on Dec 4, 2004 at 8:32 am

This is the second comment above this theatre I have left. Cinema Treaures keeps removing it for some reason.

Roxy is a first run $6.00 cinema NOT 2ND RUN!!!!
This “offical website” is no longer used BY THE OWNER FOR ALMOST 5 MONTHS…. IAM TRYING TO PUT THE RIGHT INFO ON THIS SITE!!!!!

englewoodcinema
englewoodcinema commented about Sydney Theatre on Dec 1, 2004 at 9:54 am

LarryB7313 call Chakeres Theatres at 1-800-343-6447 they own the theatre.