Kent Stage

175 E. Main Street,
Kent, OH 44240

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Kent Stage

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This former cornerstone, classic downtown cinema was opened in 1927 as the Flannigan & Steele Theatre. By 1941 it was known as the Kent Theatre, and was operated as part of the Schine Circuit. It continued as a movie theatre until at least 1950. It is now functioning as a folk music venue.

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ravenna65 on February 22, 2006 at 12:14 pm

This theatre was built in 1927 by a company called Burle Steel

tombrueggemann on March 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm

The Kent was my hometown theatre in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Single screen, musty until it was closed down for remodeling circa 1961, it even had a bit of a stadium feel to it.

My movie viewing was split between Disney and family films and big epics (Shaggy Dog, 10 Commandments.)

This was the theatre that shaped my movie-going experience. At the time, it was the only game in town – the Drive In a few miles east and the Ravenna were the other nearby ones.

RSM3853 on November 5, 2015 at 7:53 am

Listed below are the films that played at the Kent Theater in Kent, Ohio in the mid-1960s. The research is from microfilms of the Ravenna-Kent Record Courier, which I viewed at the The Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. My parents had friends who lived in Ravenna and we visited them once a year while I was growing up. I recall seeing “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” at the Kent on one of those visits. The date listed is the Wednesday of the week. The theater frequently changed its bill, so the “dash” separates the two bills for that week where it appears. 07/01/64Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear – A Distant Trumpet/Dead Ringer 07/08/64The Chalk Garden – The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao/Rhino! 07/15/64The Three Lives of Thomasina – From Russia, with Love 07/22/64Flipper’s New Adventure/Gladiators 7 – Operation Petticoat/Pillow Talk 07/29/64Viva Las Vegas 08/05/64What a Way to Go! 08/12/64How the West Was Won 08/19/64The Unsinkable Molly Brown 08/26/64The Moon-Spinners 09/02/64Robin and the Seven Hoods – Bedtime Story 09/09/64The Carpetbaggers 09/16/64Good Neighbor Sam – The New Interns/The Long Ships 09/23/64Cleopatra 09/30/64Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 10/07/64I’d Rather Be Rich/The Best Man – The Night of the Iguana 10/14/64A Shot in the Dark 10/21/64Fantasia – Woman of Straw 10/28/64The Caddy/You’re Never Too Young – The Fall of the Roman Empire 11/04/64It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 11/11/64The World of Henry Orient/633 Squadron – Behold a Pale Horse 11/18/64A Hard Day’s Night/The Young Swingers 11/25/64So Dear to My Heart – Where Love Has Gone/One Man’s Way 12/02/64Becket – Of Human Bondage 12/09/64Fail-Safe – The Secret Invasion/Ensign Pulver 12/16/64Rio Conchos 12/23/64The First Men in the Moon/Ride the Wild Surf – Send Me No Flowers 12/30/64Roustabout 01/06/65Send Me No Flowers 01/13/65Topkapi – Youngblood Hawke/Kisses for My President 01/20/65Emil and the Detectives/The Golden Horseshoe Revue – Invitation to a Gunfighter/Honeymoon Hotel 01/27/65The Disorderly Orderly – Looking for Love/The Young Lovers 02/03/65Sex and the Single Girl 02/10/65The Americanization of Emily 02/17/65Father Goose 02/24/65Goodbye, Charlie – Two on a Guillotine 03/03/65Get Yourself a College Girl – 36 Hours 03/10/65Malamondo 03/17/65Strange Bedfellows 03/24/65Those Calloways 03/31/65Your Cheatin' Heart/Surf Party – Peyton Place/Return to Peyton Place 04/07/65Goldfinger 04/14/65Goldfinger 04/21/65How to Murder Your Wife 04/28/65Mary Poppins 05/05/65Mary Poppins 05/12/65Marriage, Italian Style 05/19/65Hush, Hush…Sweet Charlotte 05/26/65Kiss Me, Stupid – John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 06/02/65Dr. No/From Russia, with Love 06/09/65Cheyenne Autumn – Major Dundee 06/16/65The Truth About Spring/The Lively Set – Bus Riley’s Back in Town 06/23/65The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders – Circus World 06/30/65The Train – The Satan Bug/Ferry Cross the Mersey 07/07/65Masquerade/Mister Moses – Joy in the Morning/The Rounders 07/14/65Cinderella/The Tattooed Police Horse 07/21/65Genghis Khan/World Without Sun – Mirage/Quick, Before It Melts 07/28/65Von Ryan’s Express 08/04/65Girl Happy – Up From the Beach/A High Wind in Jamaica 08/11/65Shenandoah – The Yellow Rolls-Royce 08/18/65The Sandpiper 08/25/65Cat Ballou – The Art of Love 09/01/65What’s New, Pussycat? 09/08/65The Sons of Katie Elder – The Glory Guys/I’ll Take Sweden 09/15/65The Monkey’s Uncle/The Country Coyote Goes Hollywood 09/22/65Help! 09/29/65Morituri – In Harm’s Way 10/06/65Zorba the Greek 10/13/65She/Hercules, Samson, and Ulysses – Operation Crossbow 10/20/65Billie/Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion 10/27/65Lord Jim – Harlow 11/03/65Living It Up/Pardners – Marriage on the Rocks 11/10/65Ship of Fools – Never on Sunday/Topkapi 11/17/65Casanova ‘70 11/24/65Old Yeller/Flash, the Teenage Otter 12/01/65The Ipcress File 12/08/65A Very Special Favor – Red Line 7000/The Town Tamer 12/15/65The Nanny/The Reward – A Rage to Live 12/22/65Help!/Billie – Harum Scarum 12/29/65The War Lord 01/05/66Once a Thief/Zebra in the Kitchen – Return From the Ashes 01/12/66The Bedford Incident/Bunny Lake is Missing – King Rat/You Must Be Joking 01/19/66The Pawnbroker – Sands of the Kalahari/Beach Ball 01/26/66Do Not Disturb – The Hallelujah Trail 02/02/66Never Too Late – When the Boys Meet the Girls 02/09/66The Cincinnati Kid 02/16/66That Darn Cat 02/23/66David and Lisa/Lord of the Flies – Boeing Boeing 03/02/66Thunderball 03/09/66Thunderball 03/16/66The Heroes of Telemark 03/23/66Where the Spies Are/Laurel & Hardy’s Laughing 20s – Made in Paris/The Money Trap 03/30/66The Great Race 04/06/66Our Man Flint 04/13/66The Slender Thread – The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 04/20/66The Ugly Dachshund 04/27/66The Silencers 05/04/66The Ghost and Mr. Chicken/Love and Kisses 05/11/66The Spy with My Face/To Trap a Spy – Madame X/Moment to Moment 05/18/66My Fair Lady 05/25/66Bambi 06/01/66Tom Jones/Irma La Douce – The Pink Panther/A Shot in the Dark 06/08/66The Group – The Rare Breed/Pinocchio/The Samll One in Outer Space 06/15/66Frankie and Johnny – The Chase 06/22/66A Patch of Blue 06/29/66Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 07/06/66The Ten Commandments – The Trouble with Angels 07/13/66Paradise, Hawaiian Style – Cast a Giant Shadow 07/20/66Mary Poppins – Born Free 07/27/66Arabesque

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