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Levin Services took over operation in 1974 and they programmed the theatre with second run discount. The theatre was operating first run all of 1972 playing such movies as CABARET, FILLMORE and THE OTHER. I worked for most of 1972 there as projectionist.
In over 46 years, starting here in the theatre business, it is the only theatre I have found the projection booth off the mezzanine shooting the picture from the front of the balcony,
Nope. It was Chakeres. Century opened Page Manor as its only venture in Dayton which they operated shortly handing the to Holiday Amusements in Cincinnati.
This and the Northwest Plaza were both built and opened by National General Theates.
I am interested…what do you have in mind?
This theatre is closed.
This theatre was a retro fit form retail space. The floors remained flat and the ceiling was not lifted. I was not impressed with the completed project.
Herman Hunt was the exhibitor who ran Hunts McCook and Hunts Cinestage in Columbus, Ohio.
Herman Hunt was the exhibitor who ran the Cinestage and McCook.
I would love to reopen this theatre with the family if interested. Shame that this theatre is closed.
This theatre should be listed as demolished.
It has been 34 years since I took over as manager. I really enjoyed working there.
To clarify….Jolly Roger Drive In was in Cincinnati. the Capital Kidd, which had a lot of local resistance to opening was in Dayton. Both owned by Levin Services.
The theatre was built by Regal Cinemas during its original start up period.
This was the theatre in 1996-98 that I found my greatest success as a promoter and manager in my career. I regret now ever leaving this location as I was transferred to Jacksonville, FL to open a new Tinseltown.
It was known as the Todd Burlesque Theatre in the 70’s and famous strippers that performed there were Tempest Storm, Morganna and Busty Russell.
This was one of the finest RoadShow theatres in the area. It was a victim of the times when those theatres failed and died as single screen location. It did not deserve to finish its years as and adult store.
I regret to this day that I left the Esquire in 1974 for a job in Cincinnati that was definitely the wrong move. As manager, I enjoyed running this theatre. Met my wife there.
Please change the status to ‘demolished’.
It was operated by Levin Services during the 1974 union strike against all of the Levin Theatre in Cincinnati except for one of the drive ins.
I was working at Glendale 1 & 2 when I was sent over to except deliveries prior to opening. I was there when the doors were opened to the public and construction workers were still laying carpet on the upstairs restroom areas. One of the opening movies was JEREMIAH JOHNSON.
I went there in 1977 and it was still showing movies.
Judging from on site view, it is fenced off and appears to being prepared for demolition.
Knowing the background of the situation,I fear this is the end of the theatre (digital not helping the situation). I wonder if the the city will do anything to help save the theatre, but not expecting it.
Clay Theatre, once again was closed on June 1st. I suspect this might be the end.