Valley Theater

7617 Reading Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45237

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Valley Theatre exterior

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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. All seating was located on a single floor.

The Valley Theater had an organist named Johanna Gross, of “Moon River” radio fame and RKO Albee Theater reknown 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.

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Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

JenniWiethe on September 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Did Lou Jr work at the theater? I taped my grandfather telling some of his life, but he got too emotional and didn’t want to go on. Can I ask you about him sometime? Are you in Cincinnati?

hanksykes on April 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

The theater is Celeberties Banquet Rooms according to the City Directory of 2010.

hanksykes on April 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Louis Wiethe chose Kelly Green,Gray,and Yellow for his ushers and staff when this venue opened.

CSWalczak on August 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

70mm equipment was installed, initially to show “Around the World in Eighty Days,” in 1957.

JenniWiethe on August 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I have a picture of my grandfather on an elephant in front of the theater for the opening of “Around the World in Eighty Days”.

moberlystudios on August 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hi Jenni, SURPRISE!!!!! I was the Writer, Producer, Director,and Editor and built all the Sets for the Movie, “Little Laura and Big John” and Lou Wiethe was the Executive Producer beacuse he raised the budget for the Movie. It was filmed at Moberly Film Studios in Ft.Lauderdale, which I owned. I have still pictures and the POSTER on the wall in my office.I can tell you a lot about your grandfather. You can write to me.

moberlystudios on August 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

Jennie Wiethe. If you want to keep our information more private, you can write to me at and I can also e-mail pictures to you of the Movie and Lou Wiethe. Maybe you can help me find the print of my Film “SWEET TALKER” that disappeared from the showing at the Ludlow Theater in about 1974. Ludlow asked me about showing it for their Anniversary Celebration. I don’t have a print. Bob Rehme was the distributor then with TRI STATE. I was there on the “Bob Braun Show” also.

DavidTFrankel on July 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

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.

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 8:47 am

July 19th, 1949 1st ad in photo section.

rivest266 on June 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm

March 26th, 1975 grand opening ad as a twin is in the photo section.

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