Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

719 Race Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Uniquely situated in a building basement, and next door to beloved dessert destination Mullane’s, The Movies (as best known to Cincinnatians) was a long-running repertory theatre. Initially geared as an art house by the Mid-States Theatres chain when it opened August 28, 1970, it was called The Place. It went independent in 1981 with repertory calendar booking under the name Moviola. Tha manufacturers of the Moviola editing device threatened to sue months later, and the name was changed to just The Movies.

Where many other repertory theatres failed after a few months, they managed to hang on for about ten years, often securing high-profile premieres of popular art films, unil closing in 1991. It reopened later that year, under the name The Real Movies, and managed to squeak out another few years of operation, adding midnight shows of “The Rock Horror Picture Show” to the calendar, until closing again for good in 1997.

The location is now the home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and live shows take place there. The auditorium has been reconfigured into a 185-seat, thrust-stage performance space.

Contributed by Marc Edward Heuck

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

meheuck on July 12, 2010 at 12:51 am

Granted, because of its new name perhaps don’t recognize it as the Place or The Movies, but I’m surprised that years after my submission, no one has any comments about this longtime Cincinnati favorite.

hanksykes on August 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

As far as I know the theatre still has its original rocking chair seats. It just finished an extended run of a three actor play which involved Sherlock Holmes.

hanksykes on October 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

There has been a recent newspaper article saying that the Shakespeare Th. would like to move to larger quarters due to their good attendance. Now I supposed there will be a fund raising event mode to hopefully accomplish that feat. However, they will stay put for the present time.

hanksykes on February 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

This is our lone survivor of all the downtown movie theaters, and it has been converted to a live venue. That said, I’m glad it has been saved for Shakespeare fans!

stereolabrawks on February 20, 2015 at 7:54 pm

I miss the Real Movies so much. Although I lived in rural Indiana, I frequently drove to Cincinnati to see films. Real Movies was my first introduction to many of my favorite directors – Jarman, Araki, Almodovar – all seen for the first time there. So many films don’t come here now and even the “art” houses here show mainstream films to stay in business. So sad. Thank goodness for streaming services, but it’s still not the same as sitting in a dark theatre engulfed in the film.

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 5:43 pm

August 28th, 1970 grand opening ad in photo section

cholt on July 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

Remember it well. John Waters films, Hitchcock restored films, Warner Brothers Cartoons Film Festivals, even old re-released westerns.

hanksykes on November 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Figure of the pig in front of that Shakespeare Th . is (HAMLET) for a great nickname!!!!

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