Andalus Theater

4828 Vine Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45217

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Andalus Ticket Taker (shredder)

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The Andalus Theater opened in 1931 and closed in 1958. It was used as a church until it was torn down in 1999 to make way for a new library. In 2009, the site is still an empty lot.

Contributed by Anna Horton, Ray Martinez

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hanksykes on February 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

indyta1989 A nice shot of the shredder! I guess the seller told you where the machine came from or was there an id name attached to it? Wonder if red was its original color? Did you ever attend the Andulas Th. when it was a movie house? The original manager of this house was trained under the Ike Libson management. Ike was Head of Mid-States Ths. for many years and continued in that capacity even after he sold his chain to RKO in 1930. Libson started in Pittsburgh,Pa.but moved here in 1908 to open the Bijou Th. on Fountain Square next to his friend Marcus Loew who later went on to found Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Culver City,Ca.

indyta1989 on February 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hank, From what I can tell so far the ticket shredder was originally red in color given what I can see from the inside of the cabinet. Although there is manufacturing information identifying NEWMAN MFC. CO. CIN. O., there are no other ID plates attached identifying the theater. My primary clue was inside the cabinet within the metal box there are thousands of shredded Andalus Theater tickets like the examples I show in the posted photo. I am located in Central Illinois and I had never visited the Andalus Theater or that area of Ohio.

hanksykes on February 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

indyta1989 thanks for more info, I think Newman Mfc also made showcases and one sheet frames and other cinema items, but I,d need to check that for you. Any more info on the Andulas I’d love! Do you run a theater?

indyta1989 on February 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hank, I do not run a theater, I am just a collector and this ticket shredder was an item we purchased for our home movie theater.

hanksykes on February 23, 2012 at 1:23 am

indyta1989 What a great idea for your home,guests must really get a kick out of your purchase if they know what it is. Should I find any visuals on the Andulas I’ll let you know.

hanksykes on March 8, 2012 at 12:06 am

indyta1989 The Newman Manufacturing Co. made the 25 bronze doors which were installed at our 1927 4$ million dollar Albee Th. on East Fifth St. Some of those doors today reside at another Thomas Lamb designed theater, which is the Ohio Th. in Columbus,Oh.

indyta1989 on March 8, 2012 at 3:41 am

That is interesting Hank, sounds Iike Newman was into a good variety of metal works.

indyta1989 on April 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Thank You Hank, I will send you the envelope.

indyta1989 on April 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hank, by the time I got back to the post here to write down your address it was gone. Can you please send me your address via email to


hanksykes on February 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Word has arrived that St. Bernard will be getting a new library on the now empty site which formerly held the Andalus Theatre.

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