Loew's Ames Theater

4215 North Main Street,
Dayton, OH 45415

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Loew's Ames Theater

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This beautiful neighborhood theater opened in 1949, across a driveway from the Northtown shopping center on North Main Street, in Dayton. It was opened by an independent operator and ran the theater until around 1967, when, as the story goes, the theater was sold away from his family due to the marriage of the son who married outside the religion.

The theater was bought by Loew’s and they remodeled the theater in a green, purple and blue motif. The theater played big first runs and had exclusive Dayton runs of “The Graduate” and “Romeo and Juliet”, to name a few. Loew’s then split it by putting a wall down the middle of the auditorium for the twin, leaving the small screens at the front of two narrow auditoriums.

Loew’s seems to have lost faith in the operation and turned the theater sub run at an 80 cent admission. In 1986, Loew’s closed this theater, and it became a camera shop.

Contributed by Jerry Young

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ZookieFreddie
ZookieFreddie on April 26, 2007 at 9:41 pm

That may be true about there being a Loews at 125 N. Main Street but the original description of this theater is that it was across a driveway from Northtown Shopping Center — very far from downtown!
So the address could never have been 125. This location is quite a bit north of Siebenthaler Avenue and up very close to Forest Park Shopping Center, the site of a former amusement park.

JimBernier
JimBernier on August 29, 2007 at 3:34 am

The Northtown Shopping Center is located at 4215 North Main Street in Dayton, Ohio. If you go to MapQuest and enter that address and then magnify the results to the largest image before running out of images you will see the Ames Theater Building as the light blue roofed rectangular building with a triangular front just south of the Northtown Shopping Center and “across the driveway” that separates the Ames' parking from the shopping centers. Also it is the large building just north of Melford Ave. My grandfather was manager of the Ames in the early 1950’s and I worked there taking tickets and selling popcorn, etc. My dad also modified the theater to demonstrate a single camera method for 3D movies to Arch Oboler, producer of Bwana Devil, the first 3D movie in color.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Nice 1986 photo,I do not know how it looked inside, but outside it wasn’t very attractive.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 19, 2010 at 3:43 am

“Green, purple, and blue motif” ? Apparently then Loew’s used this bilious color scheme for more than one of their theaters then. Loew’s East in the Cleveland suburb of Richmond Heights had the same decor, and if memory serves, the green was more like chartreuse and purple more like lavender. I guess it was “mod” when these color scheme was used, but boy, did it quickly look dated and dumb.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on September 26, 2010 at 12:48 am

They most likely bought a lot of those colors paint and had to use them somewhere.Just a joke!Maybe.“MOD MOTIF”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Pretty plain,dull looking theatre to me .No jazz.Thanks for the pictures.

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on December 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

After Loews purchased the theatre, a remodel took place with new seats, curtains and carpet. The color scheme was green, purple and blue. It was pretty jazzed.

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on April 5, 2014 at 12:39 am

It was my first theatre job, in a tuxedo as an usher on April 25, 1969 and the movie playing was ROMEO AND JULIET. I also worked Loews Downtown at the same time. Theatre business was such much better than.

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