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New link to 1954 trade article cited above by Gerald A. DeLuca:boxoffice
I remember a lot of Disney films were booked there when I was a kid.
“A Small House Receives the 1954 Touch"
Article, with photos, of the Ohio Theatre, from Boxoffice magazine, October 2, 1954:
1972 photo of the Ohio Theatre.
1981 photo od the site where the Ohio Theatre used to be.
The Ohio closed for the first time (as a regular theater)in 1969, re-opening as a porno house in 1970. It closed again in ‘71, and re-opened for the final time in '73, showing whatever films we could get; I was an unpaid “intern” of sorts, getting to eat popcorn, candy, watch the movies and the Manager’s daughter, who worked the projection booth and tended to wear swimsuits to work.
As I said, we showed whatever we could get…we were showing “The Outfit”, with Jim Brown, when it premiered on “The CBS Late Movie”! We closed for good in July, after a run of two months.
The theater was torn down not long after.
A Robert-Morton theater organ was installed in a Ohio (Pantheon) Theater in Lorain, Ohio in 1922. Not sure if its this theater.
This theater showed primarily MGM product. I remember seeing Ben-Hur there (not in 70mm, but general release). I think it closed sometime in the late 70’s and a bank was built there. I think it was the first of the downtown theaters to close.