1920 S. Smithville Road,
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On April 22, 1947 Mid-States Theaters opened the Dabel Theater at a cost of approximately $125,000. A contest was held to pick a name for the new theater. Thirteen year old Carol Deitz and Mrs. E. A. Tinnerman each received $50 for suggesting the name of Dabel, a combination of DAyton and BELmont, the neighborhood where the theater was located.
In 1963 plans were made to convert the Dabel to show Cinerama films. The transition involved the installation of a wide, curved screen. Special wiring and booths to hold three separate projectors were installed in the theater, which reduced the theater’s seating capacity from 950 to 742 (all on a single floor). The cost of the changes were estimated to run around $40,000. Projection equipment valued at $60,000 was leased from Cinerama. Cinerama debuted at the Dabel Theater on May 28, 1963, with “This is Cinerama”.
Later known as the Dabel Cinema, it closed in 1992 and was demolished in October of that same year.
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