Miami Western Theater

36 E. High Street,
Oxford, OH 45056

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mitchdeighan
mitchdeighan on January 6, 2018 at 12:16 am

The most intense night of my life happened in the aftermath of having seen Clockwork Orange at the Miami-Western when the movie first came out. It was my fate to live-out the horrendous scene in which there came a knock on the door while rain was pounding down. The assailant was the (former) friend who I’d seen Clockwork Orange with, as I was baby-sitting an Oxford studio while the owner was in Europe. Trust me I’m not making this stuff up. Regardless of the gory details I miss the Miami-Western.. and it’s then-complimentary Talawanda.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

The Miami-Western Theatre opened on September 23, 1938, per a full-page ad for the theater in Miami University’s 1939 yearbook. The Streamline Modern auditorium featured murals depicting student life at Miami University on one side wall and at Western College for Women on the other. The house closed in 1988.

An ad for the F & Y Building Service in the October 27, 1938, issue of the Boone County Recorder (PDF here) of Burlington, Kentucky, on the occasion of the opening of the Gayety Theatre in nearby Erlanger, had a list of several theaters designed and built by F & Y since December, 1937, including the Miami-Western.

JSLongwell
JSLongwell on May 18, 2009 at 5:08 am

This theatre was at one time owned by Jerry Steel, whose family continued to operate the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin, Ohio until just this February (2009), when it was gobbled up by Oberlin College:
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zabriskie
zabriskie on February 4, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I was in college there in the 60’s and uI remember seeing MARNIE, THE PINK PANTHER, BONNIE AND CLYDE,etc. The original neon marquee and signage was beautiful. The new makeover looks like junk.

Patsy
Patsy on January 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I love the b/w photos that “ken mc” posted on Feb. 12, 2006. Such a shame the Miami Western isn’t still a theatre in that Ohio college town.

Patsy
Patsy on April 1, 2006 at 4:04 pm

I would love to know more about this theatre. It’s listed as closed, but sometimes that information is incorrect and the theatre is actually demolished…hope that is not the case as Oxford is the home of Miami University of Ohio and every small college town should have a downtown theatre, imo.