Palace Theatre

16 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Palace Theatre

Opened on December 6, 1919 as the Palace Theatre, B.F. Keith founded this theatre 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 Theatre 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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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

rivest266 on May 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

December 6th, 1919 grand opening ad

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm

International 70 reopening ad from May 29th, 1964

bobcraycraft on March 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm

When the Palace was restored in 1982 as a new home for the Cincinnati Ballet, a massive chandelier was installed from the Hippodrome Theatre in Cleveland. It still stuns me that this completely restored theatre was then demolished for a generic office tower.

hanksykes on March 8, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Some of those chandeliers found their way to the lobby of the Chicago Th. in Chicago,Ill. So their beauty helps decorate another stunning theatre which was also designed by Chicago’s prominent architectural firm of Rapp&Rapp. Daily tours can be had of the Chicago Th. which is now managed by the firm which runs Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Still a real loss our Palace Theater

Cinerama on April 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

Ads for the Cinerama films that played at the theatre:

Sandy Chaney
Sandy Chaney on March 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm

I remember going to this theatre when it was the International 70 movie theatre and seeing “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Shoes of the Fisherman” and being overwhelmed by the enormous size of the movie screen. When this theatre was torn down (along with most of the other theatres in Cincinnati), I felt a tremendous amount of sadness.

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