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meheuck commented about Shore Drive-In on Oct 24, 2021 at 11:36 pm

By process of elimination, I believe this drive-in was featured in a pivotal scene in Umberto Lenzi’s 1989 kidnap thriller HITCHER IN THE DARK with Josie Bissett, which was shot around the Virginia Beach area. Amusingly enough, during the scene, the movie being screened is the Italian caveman comedy GRUNT, which to the best of my knowledge, never actually got a U.S. release.

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meheuck commented about Crossroads Cinema on Aug 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Apparently, in 1974, it was then known as the Boondocks cinema.

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meheuck commented about State Theatre on Apr 17, 2021 at 12:51 pm

I never got to meet Phil, but I was always grateful to him as the “silent partner” behind The Movies repertory cinema downtown. I recall he invited investors to participate in his movie projects in their calendars. He also ran April Fools Distribution, who handled the Pink Floyd at Pompeii concert film.

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meheuck commented about Hi-Way 28 Drive-In on Apr 17, 2021 at 12:46 pm

YOUNG GANGS FROM WILDWOOD HIGH is a retitling of TEAM-MATES. ONE-NIGHT STAND is a retitling of PETS with Candice Rialson. HOT AND BOTHERED is a retitling of Sergio Martino’s LOVING COUSINS (CUGINI CARNALI) with Susan Player.

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meheuck commented about State Theatre on Apr 17, 2021 at 12:39 am

Marci, if you can scan any of that material, you can upload the jpegs as images in the photo gallery. Do you have any pix of the interior during that time? Since they didn’t list in the newspaper, did they print flyers for the neighborhood shops? Like, obviously people in the immediate vicinity would see the marquee and know what’s playing, but was that enough to draw substantial crowds for a given booking?

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meheuck commented about Mt. Adams Cinema on Apr 16, 2021 at 2:20 pm

Nitpicky thing, especially since I’m ultimately guilty of the mistake in my initial submission, but could the listing be changed to Mt. Adams instead of the full word Mount? Seeing as how that’s the manner of spelling it was always presented in, and it would bring it in line stylewise with other Greater Cincinnati towns like Mt. Healthy. I guess I’m compulsive like that. ;/

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meheuck commented about State Theatre on Apr 16, 2021 at 2:07 pm

That’s illuminating information, Mbeino - do you have any ads or other promotional material from when your dad and granddad ran it? Since they rarely did newspaper ads, I’m dying to know how they got word out about their bookings.

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meheuck commented about Captain Kidd Drive-In on Apr 16, 2021 at 2:03 pm

I did get that wrong - it was Holiday Amusements that booked the Auto-In, along with the Acme, Dent, Starlite, Hiway 28, Lake, and Mt. Healthy drive-ins. Levin Services booked the Ferguson Hills.

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meheuck commented about Auto-In Drive-In on Feb 7, 2021 at 7:12 pm

Both the ad for THE ROAD WARRIOR listing the Auto-In and for SWEET SIXTEEN listing it as the Captain Kidd read 2501 Anderson Ferry Rd.

I grew up in Cincinnati devouring the movie pages as a child, and I remember much fanfare in the drive-in listings promoting the “new” Captain Kidd, so that is not a misprint. Maybe they gave up the new name after one season and went back to calling the place Auto-In, but that alternate name is not a mistake.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8490/photos/334715

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meheuck commented about Captain Kidd Drive-In on Jan 30, 2021 at 6:16 pm

I just finally got confirmation that in the early ‘80s, Levin Services renamed the Auto-In on 2501 Anderson Ferry Rd. as the Captain Kidd, I guess intending it as a Cincinnati cousin to this Kettering location. That’s what confused me for years, since the “new” Captain Kidd came about shortly after the closing of the Tri-County located Jolly Roger.

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meheuck commented about Auto-In Drive-In on Jan 30, 2021 at 6:11 pm

Apparently, the Auto-In was rechristened Captain Kidd in the early ‘80s. I found a newspaper ad and uploaded it here.

Also, the address should be changed to 2501 Anderson Ferry Rd.

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meheuck commented about State Theatre on Sep 13, 2020 at 2:53 pm

This is another of the Cincinnati theatres that I occasionally heard about and would have loved to visit but they never posted showtimes in the paper. Gary Goldman must have really hated the press. Can anyone approximate a list of what played here and when?

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meheuck commented about Pike 27 Drive-In on Sep 13, 2020 at 1:43 pm

Last year of operation was 1986.

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meheuck commented about Regal I, II, III on Sep 12, 2020 at 1:35 pm

The Regal always frustrated me because they never listed showtimes in the newspaper, and only rarely even bought placement in a display ad, so as much as I wanted to visit there, I never knew what was playing. I guess they were content to cater solely to the immediate neighborhood for traffic.

If there were any way someone could compile a list of movies and playdates from its history, particularly the grindhouse days, that would be amazing.

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meheuck commented about Captain Kidd Drive-In on Aug 1, 2019 at 2:59 am

davidcoppock: Levin Services had a similar pirate-themed drive-in in Cincinnati near the Tri-County area called the Jolly Roger, so they clearly had a theme in mind by naming this one the Captain Kidd. From the dates of the history, they were probably intended to open at the same time in a big splash, but the impedences Kettering made thwarted that plan. I wonder if Levin Services had other pirate-themed drive-ins in Ohio?

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meheuck commented about Fox Ritz Theatre on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:48 am

In the 1977 sketch comedy film CAN I DO IT…‘TILL I NEED GLASSES, a scene opens outside the theatre, and the marquee is advertising the producers’ previous film IF YOU DON’T STOP IT, YOU’LL GO BLIND. Don’t know if the actual theatre interior was used for the remainder of the sketch.

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meheuck commented about American Theatre on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:43 am

Ten years later, I finally found an answer – No, it was not this American Theatre, it was the former Fox Ritz in Beverly Hills.

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meheuck commented about Campus Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 11:43 pm

Bought and scheduled to open as a live music venue in 2019

https://la.curbed.com/2018/7/30/17630660/vermont-hollywood-music-venue-mcap-partners

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meheuck commented about Courtyard Cinema on Sep 6, 2018 at 11:24 pm

It would appear they still run 35mm here – Christopher McQuarrie tweeted that 7 cinemas in America were running MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT on film, and this was listed as one of the locations.

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meheuck commented about Imperial Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 10:48 pm

The building was purchased a few years ago, and the owners have been very good about cleaning up the place and trying to revive it as a theatre space, though naturally it’s a long, slow, hard process. The neighborhood it’s in has recently been branded the Sohn-Mohawk Historic District, giving it historic protection and thus new incentive to rehab the space. There is a Facebook group, though updates are sporadic:

https://www.facebook.com/Imperialtheater/

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meheuck commented about Bijou-Roxy-Ritz Cinemas on Sep 6, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Looks like the church has left, and it’s been reconfigured into a nightclub again, and they’re even calling it Top Cats as it was known back in the ‘80s:

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/nightlife/bars-and-clubs/2018/08/02/top-cats-classic-short-vine-music-venue-make-comeback-month/887667002/

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meheuck commented about Cincinnati World Cinema at the Garfield on Sep 6, 2018 at 10:38 pm

CityBeat recently wrote about the new cinema programming taking place at this location. I think the name can be officially changed to The Garfield Theater now. https://www.citybeat.com/movies-tv/film/article/21020736/cincinnati-world-cinema-opens-a-permanent-home-in-the-former-cincinnati-shakespeare-company-space

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meheuck commented about Miracle Theatre on Mar 24, 2018 at 6:50 pm

The Ritz has reopened as a live venue called The Miracle Theatre, often hashtagged as #MiracleOnMarket. They have hosted events such as the 2nd Season premiere of the HBO series “INSECURE”. Looks very nice.

https://www.themiracleinglewood.com/

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meheuck commented about Pacific Sherman Oaks 5 on May 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

They had showtimes for today (May 6th) and Sunday, but no further. Could be switching to weekends only, or composing showtimes on the fly based on turnout.

On the upside, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR in 35mm!

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meheuck commented about X 1 & 2 Theatres on Mar 25, 2016 at 3:33 am

There’s a large banner hanging on its marquee reading “FILM CREW BASE CAMP” and a couple phone numbers, suggesting it’s been gutted and rented. But when I googled the words and the address, as well as the two phone numbers, nothing significant, or more importantly, film-related, came up.