221 W. Franklin Street,
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Built for the Schine’s chain the Kenton Theatre opened in September 1929. Designed in a 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 Theatre, in Ada, Ohio, the Elder Theatre, 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.
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