7617 Reading Road,
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Firms: F & Y Building Service
Functions: Banquet Hall
Styles: Streamline Moderne
News About This Theater
- Mar 17, 2013 — “South Pacific” 55th Anniversary – The Roadshow Engagements
- Dec 9, 2012 — Happy 50th, “Lawrence of Arabia”
- Oct 18, 2011 — Happy 50th, "West Side Story"
- Oct 24, 2010 — "The Alamo"...Happy 50th!
- Jun 18, 2010 — "Jaws"... Happy 35th!
- May 14, 2010 — Please Post Today, May 14 --- "Jaws," Happy 35th
- Oct 30, 2009 — Happy 50th, "Sleeping Beauty"
A late Streamline Moderne theater anchored to a sixteen store, ten office shopping complex on a seven acre site with parking for 500 cars. It was the largest suburban theater in the area except for the Paramount Theater in Peebles Corner. It was opened in July 1949 with Ray Milland in “It Happens Every Spring”. All 1,500 seats were located on a single floor.
The Valley Theater had an organist named Johanna Gross, of “Moon River” radio fame and RKO Albee Theater renown to play the Valley Theater organ. The entrance featured a 71 foot pylon in aluminum with an enormous film reel perched at its top to suck the customers in visually. It was twinned March 25, 1975. It was closed in 1983.
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Dear Tinseltoes, I just found your comments and am so appreciative of your links to BoxOffice. I was a projectionist at the Valley Cinema from 1981-1983 when I was a teen. Such wonderful memories. I was so saddened when the theater closed. My mother still lives in the neighborhood, but boy has it changed.
July 19th, 1949 1st ad in photo section.
March 26th, 1975 grand opening ad as a twin is in the photo section.
Did the Valley ever show Windjammer in Cinemiracle on their TODD-AO curved screen back in the late 50’s? I can’t find it looking through old newspapers.
Can someone recommend a good place to upload some photos and articles I would like to share?
JenniWiethe: You can upload photos to Cinema Treasures. Click on “Photos” button above the photo at the top of this page. Scroll to the bottom of the subsequent page. Click “Add New Photo” button, and follow upload instructions. Articles might be impossible to read because Cinema Treasures resizes files, and the size displayed isn’t very large. Readability would depend on the size of your original file, and how much it had to shrink to fit CT’s maximum size.
Thanks, Joe! I’ll try it!
Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. The Valley’s lengthy run is mentioned in the piece.
Opened July 17th, 1949. Ad:
Valley theatre opening 16 Jul 1949, Sat The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) Newspapers.com