Valley Theater

7617 Reading Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45237

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DavidTFrankel
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.

moberlystudios
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.

moberlystudios
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.

JenniWiethe
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”.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

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

hanksykes
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.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

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

JenniWiethe
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?

chader
chader on September 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Hi, I remember Mr. Wiethe, along with Lou Jr. and Ed Wiethe very well.

JenniWiethe
JenniWiethe on September 26, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I would love to have more information on the history or any memories people may have of this or my grandfather’s other theaters! Jenni Wiethe Cornell

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I somehow saved a CINCINNATI paper because of all the theatre ads YOU DON’T SEE ANYMORE! I know its strange to save a old paper.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

BTW Mike, your really into OHIO theatres now,what did you do find a new book?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Showed THAT ENTERTAINMENT at the LOEWS CRESCENT did not do much business I believe it ran 2 weeks.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm

On August 9 1974 the VALLEY Cinema was playing “THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT” rated G. Matinees Daily .with no passes.They even ran a midnight how on this movie. It was run by MID STATES CINEMAS.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 11, 2007 at 2:23 pm

I do apologize for mispelling Mr Wiethe’s name it really is Wiethe, not Weithe.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 11, 2007 at 1:57 pm

The Valley theater closed for good on Sept.3,1985, I don’t know when it had become a two screen house, but it closed its days as a $2 for Adults and $1 for childrens venue.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 10, 2007 at 12:31 pm

The Valley Theater was built by F&Y Building Services out of Columbus,Ohio in 1949. Weithe’s other cinemas were the Westwood Th.,in Cincinnati,the Bond in Bond Hill,the Roselawn in Cincinnati,the Jackson Th. in Cincy,the Andulas in St. Bernard,Ohio. In Kentucky the Ludlow Th. in Ludlow,the Derby Th. in Latonia,after his Latonia Th. burned in 1939 he rebuilt it as the Kentucky Th. In 1941 he erected the Bard Th. in Louisville , a very busy fellow this Weithe.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 9, 2007 at 12:25 pm

Mr Weithe was the owner of the Mt. Healthy Drive-In and also the Kentucky Theater in Latonia, Kentucky.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 9, 2007 at 12:14 pm

In 1962 ,Cincinnati Theaters ,a holding company subleased the Valley Theater from Weithe and continued to run reserved seat road shows. Later Louis Weithe became President of the Fort Lauderdale Symphony in Florida. Cincinnati Theaters Company had a 13 house movie chain in 1962 which included the Keith’s Theater on Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati. The Keiths never became an RKO house much to my amazement.It must have always been an independatly owned theater,surprisingly since all the downtown first run houses in the 30,40,50,60’s were RKO controlled. Perhaps someone can explain this oddity?

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 6, 2007 at 11:56 am

This was one of eight houses controlled by Louis Wiethe and certainly his biggest achievement. Lou Weithe died at age 92 in Florida in 2002. The Valley Theater featured road shows in its earliest days, I can remember seeing,“My Fair Lady”‘there with a packed house not long after it was released. The Valley had a stage for small variety acts and accomidations were included for early TV transmittion if it was going to be ulitized. The stage had two curtains in front of the movie screen, one rose vertically and the other horizontally. Weithe sold the Valley Th. in 1962 to Harold Poe, but Lou retained a lease on the Theater to continue running movies.