Kenton Theatre

221 W. Franklin Street,
Kenton, OH 43326

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KENTON Theatre; Kenton, Ohio.

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Built for the Schine’s chain around 1930, in Spanish Colonial style, the Kenton Theatre once featured murals painted on the auditorium and lobby walls, which unfortunately, were lost over years of neglect.

In 1993, the Miller family, owners of the M.E. Theatres (which also include the Ada, in Ada, Ohio, the Elder, in Jackson Center, Ohio and the Hi-Road Drive-In, also in Kenton) acquired the decrepit Kenton Theatre and began to rebuild it.

The balcony was divided into two-115 seat auditoriums, while the main floor seats 400. All new seats replaced the old ones, and the Kenton Theatre was repainted, recarpeted and given new air-conditioning, electrical and projection equipment as well.

In 1995, the Millers had a new marquee installed to recreate the 1930’s era marquee which had long since been removed.

Today, the Kenton Theatre screens first-run features.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm

A view from 1929 just prior to the opening of Schine’s Kenton Theater in Kenton, Ohio.

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

A view from 2008 of theKenton Theater in Kenton, Ohio.

richardg
richardg on April 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I believe the Kenton and the Ada are both for sale. I’m not sure about the Hi-Road Drive-in. I believe the listing broker is Century 21 —sorry I didn’t write the number down but it should be easy enough to obtain

rdoitmiller
rdoitmiller on September 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Yes both the Kenton Theatre & the Ada Theatre are for sell. Contact Becky Neville Century21 at 419-634-0021

rdoitmiller
rdoitmiller on December 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

The Kenton Theatre is still for sale. Contact Becky Neville Century21 at 419-634-0021.
The Ada Theatre has been sold.

rdoitmiller
rdoitmiller on December 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

On Oct 2 2012 the Kenton Theatre turned 83. The current owners have owned it since 1993.
The Kenton is still for sell for info

rdoitmiller
rdoitmiller on March 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Aug 2013 The Kenton Theatre was Sold to new owners.We ran it for 19 years.

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