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I went to the Elmwood Theater to see the movie “Three Murderesses”, which was not in the early 1950’s.
My mother and father had two dollars left after they got married and so took their honeymoon at the Family Theater in 1941. So after the War, they were regular patrons of that theater until I wore them out at age 3 by constantly wanting to go to the bathroom and by wanting to crawl up on the ledge that ran along the walls. The last movie that I can remember that we went to was a movie starring Edward G. Robinson who was playing a cattle baron in a western. I do remember the title of the movie because I was too busy trying to get up on the ledge to notice.
Indeed, there were two Cinema X’s in Greater Cincinnati. One was opened in 1969 on Race St. in Cincinnati, and one was in the old State Theater in Newport at about the same time. In 1963, the Royal Theater on Vine St. in Cincinnat became an adult theater. Before that, it had been a two-feature for 35 cents theater. And before that, when it was originally built it was a fairly class theater. I am fond of the Royal Theater because in 1962 I graduated from high school, and my father would get me up at 5 a.m. and put me on the old Greenline at 6 a.m. to look for a job. He would give me two dollars. Of course, I was up for the draft and no one would hire me. Since employment offices opened at 10 a.m and closed at 2 p.m. I spent my mornings sitting in the old Country Boy restaurant next door drinking coffee and in the Royal Theater after 2 p.m. Thanks to the Royal Theater for giving me shelter during that time.