Andalus Theater

4828 Vine Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45217

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hanksykes
hanksykes on February 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

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

indyta1989
indyta1989 on April 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

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

Thanks!

indyta1989
indyta1989 on April 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thank You Hank, I will send you the envelope.

indyta1989
indyta1989 on March 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

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

hanksykes
hanksykes on March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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.

hanksykes
hanksykes on February 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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.

indyta1989
indyta1989 on February 20, 2012 at 1:57 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
hanksykes on February 20, 2012 at 9:07 am

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
indyta1989 on February 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

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
hanksykes on February 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

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
indyta1989 on February 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Hank, Thank you for the fast response. I have posted a photo of the ticket taker (shredder). I purchased the ticket taker many years ago from a local shop that sells used office furniture and occasionally some antique items show up.

hanksykes
hanksykes on February 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

indyta1989 I don’t have apicture of the Andulas ,but the St.Bernard ,Ohio library might be able to provide one. Did you get your ticket chopper at an auction? The nabhouse was maybe our only atmosperic venue. Having visited it only once it was after the last days of a church minerstry which was housed there and it still had some of the original fixtures still in place, the stage however had become a baptism pool.

indyta1989
indyta1989 on February 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

Hank, would you have any photos of the Andalus Theater that you can email to me? I have the original ticket taker (shredder) from the Andalus and I was hoping to obtain some photos and additional information.

hanksykes
hanksykes on December 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Hello atmos, Thanks for the architects names who created this venue .I’ve been looking for info about them, but all I found was Mr. Clayton’s obit.He died in Oct.19,1949 at aged 63,he’d been born in Cincinnati,Ohio.and for the most part specialized in designing private homes.

atmos
atmos on October 21, 2009 at 3:33 am

Theatre opened on 4 April 1931 and closed in 1958 according to THSA Archives and the architects were Paul H Jones and Clifford Clayton.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 10, 2007 at 1:19 pm

This was another of the local theaters that Louis Wiethe bought in 1943 to add to his chain.

hanksykes
hanksykes on February 10, 2007 at 9:42 am

The interior of the Andalus auditorium had a balcony with side level exit halls that had open Moorish arches which looked down upon the orchestra seating. These open framed hallways probably led to stairways which led to exterior fire escapes. The ceiling was divided by shallow scalloped arch vaults which also had indented cove areas which may have had interior lighting. The procenium opening was square and carried a dark pelmet drape with a travelor of the same shade and a golden colored tassel fringe at the bottom. The side walls which flanked the stage have identical vaulted openings filled in with latticed mesh that may have been organ screens, but I’m not sure if the Andalus ever installed a house instrument. The paint color of the interior is not possible to dissern from the black&white photo. Two staircases lead up to the performing stage and a second curtain on the stage is fully closed, it is probably a second house travelor.

hanksykes
hanksykes on November 14, 2006 at 2:02 pm

The Andalus Theater may have been our only atmospheric theater, I say may have been because I was only in the Andalus theater long after the church ceased to function there. The City had it on the sale block an our ATOS -OVC was looking for a new home for its 1927 Albee Th. Wurlitzer Organ which had been used for 20 years at the now closed Emery Theater. The entrance lobby was a moorish wow with a musicians balcony perched above the enterance doors to the orchestra seating. The Church had converted the stage to a baptismal pool for their service needs. The house was still in rather good shape when it was torn down ,however there was some roof water damage and a bit of falling plaster. The outer lobby still retained one of two Moorish 5 foot tall vases which had graced each side of the stage. Side walls of the inner house carried latticed screened areas giving the venue a trully Casbar feel. I write something further when i re-look at an interior shot of the place.

KenRoe
KenRoe on December 24, 2004 at 6:17 am

The Film Daily Yearbook for 1941 gives a seating capacity of 1,600. The F.D.Y 1950 gives a seating capacity of 752.

pianoman
pianoman on December 24, 2004 at 5:34 am

never heard of it!