536 W. 5th Street,
No one has favorited this theater yet
The Pekin Theatre was opened around 1907 by Ollie Dempsey, and was one of the first nickelodeons owned and operated by an African-American. The house later added vaudeville acts to its bill, and continued to operate even after Mr. Dempsey opened the posh new Lincoln Theatre on the same block of 5th Street in 1913.
The Pekin Theatre in Cincinnati was one of more than two dozen theaters of the same name that were in operation by 1909, all affiliated with Robert Mott’s Pekin Theatre in Chicago, where most of the vaudeville shows making the circuit originated.
The Pekin Theatre was still open in 1955. The west end neighborhood in which Cincinnati’s Pekin Theatre and Lincoln Theatre were located has been obliterated by the interchange of Interstate Highways 71 and 75.
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater