Cinema North 1-5

3375 W. Siebenthaler Avenue,
Dayton, OH 45404

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The Fox Northwest Plaza Theater opened by National General Theatres on December 22, 1967 with Audrey Hepburn in “Wait Until Dark”.

It was sold to Chakeres Theatres on July 22, 1977 and renamed Cinema North. Cinema North was twinned and reopened as Cinema North 1 & 2 on October 7, 1977. On June 8, 1984 three new screens were built in the back of the theater and the theater became known as the Cinema North 1-5.

National Amusements purchased the theater in 1988 and eventually closed it in September 1998 for good.

Contributed by David Sparks

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Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on July 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

We got some shots of this while up attending the Dayton Amateur Radio Convention. They’re on Cinematour.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 17, 2014 at 4:25 am

This theatre has the same design as the Valley Circle theatre in San Diego.

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on April 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm

The comment from Terrybear was incorrect about CABARET playing at the Northwest Plaza. Allied Artists made a circuit wide deal with National General after it had secured a date with the McCook Theatre. The owners of the McCook sued and the date was restored to the McCook.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm

rivest266 is right. The Cinema North bears a striking resemblance to the Valley Circle Theatre in San Diego, California. It looks as though National General used the same plans, by Beverly Hills architect Harold Levitt, for both theaters. I recall seeing a photo of another almost identical theater (somewhere in Missouri, I think) but I can’t recall the name of it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 9, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I remember now that the other theater of this design was the Mark Twain Theatre in Sunset Hills, Missouri. Boxoffice attributes that design to Harold W. Levitt, Ernest W. LeDuc, and William H. Farwell, all of Los Angeles. LeDuc and Farwell were members of the firm of Harold W. Levitt & Associates.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 31, 2018 at 8:50 am

Joe. Also another of the same design in Kettering.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Thanks, Mike. I’ll note that in a comment on the Kettering Cinemas page.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 1, 2018 at 8:50 am

Sold to Chakeres on July 22nd, 1977 and reopened as Cinema North with two screens on October 7th, 1977. Another ad in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

5 screens on June 8th, 1984. Another ad posted.

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