12 E. 5th Street,
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At a cost of $4 million, the Albee Theatre was considered Cincinnati’s finest movie palace. Opened on December 24, 1927, this Thomas Lamb palace was named after its builder, E. F. Albee, noted vaudeville theater owner and a relative of famous playwright Edward Albee.
The first movie to be shown in its 3,500-seat auditorium was “Get Your Man!” with Clara Bow starring.
Until 1960, the theater booked stage show acts in addition to showing movies. Another source says the stage shows stopped as early as 1957.
It was torn down in 1977 and a hotel was constructed in its place. Some portions of the theater were saved and are now located in other buildings including Music Hall and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
The facade was one of the saved sections of the building and now sits on the 5th Street side of the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center — about 3 blocks from where the original theater once stood.
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