Palace Theatre

16 E. Sixth Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Palace Theatre

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Opened on December 6, 1919 as the Palace Theatre, B.F. Keith founded this theater as part of his circuit and it remained a vaudeville house until 1928 when it switched over to movies. The Palace Theatre was also known as the RKO International 70 and the International Movie House and later became a venue for stage shows, concerts, and Broadway musicals.

The Palace Theater was demolished in 1982 and a large office building was erected on the site.

Contributed by Anna Horton, Ray Martinez, Tony Rutherford

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mjfoley on April 27, 2004 at 9:07 am

This was quite a theatre! In the 60’s and 70’s, it booked mostly what was known as reserve seat/Roadshow films. “The Sound Of Music” probably played there for a year. It was the Cinerama theatre after The Capitol closed and it’s where I saw “2001: a space odyssey”. Other first run films that played there exclusively included: “Far From the Madding Crowd”, “Carnal Knowledge”, “Hello Dolly” and I believe “The Godfather”. Located across Fountain Square from the RKO Albee and just down the street from The Grand and the Times Towne Cinema and around the block from the Studio Cinemas and The Shubert. I left Cincinnati for Los Angeles in 1975 and am glad that I didn’t have to witness all these wonderful theatre’s fall from greatness.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 4, 2005 at 10:42 am

The RKO Palace Theatre was an early design from the architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp.

On 24th October 1978 it re-opened as a concert and roadshow house with a newly decorated interior, additional lobby space with new bars, new lighting and sound equipment installed. Sadly this didn’t last too long, as it states in the opening description here that it was torn down in 1982 (or was it 1992 according to the first posting above?)

Patsy on September 23, 2005 at 3:35 pm

Chuck: Thanks for the beautiful b/w photo of this former theatre.

Joeallen on April 30, 2006 at 12:27 pm

I have one fairly decent photo of the Palace. Email me at and I will attach it to a reply.

Joeallen on September 29, 2006 at 2:16 pm

Great photo, tinyurl. Never saw that one before. Looks like the mid-30s by the cars on the street.

kencmcintyre on September 29, 2006 at 2:25 pm

It’s too bad the library put their logo on top of the marquee, though.

hanksykes on November 6, 2006 at 2:23 pm

The Palace Th. Cincinnati,Ohio held the world premiere of the 1943 re-make of ,“Phantom Of The Opera”,starring Claude Rains, the original ,“Phantom”,was a silent starring Lon Chaney from 1925. Why our Palace was chosen for the opening is anybodys guess.

hanksykes on January 31, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Naming the Theater the Palace was a tip of the hat to The Palace Hotel from the 1880’s which still exists today, but is renamed the Cincinnatian Hotel, a most posh place to stay as evidenced by the many national personalaties who stay there.

gorhamzoro on April 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I purchased and removed the above mentioned WurliTzer organ from this Palace Theater, along with several others of note, and took it to Louisville, KY. If anyone would like to hear more about it, feel free to e.mail me at

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