Loew's Ames Theatre
4115 N. Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Loews
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Ames Theatre
The Ames Theatre was a beautiful neighborhood theatre which opened December 8, 1949, across a driveway from the Northtown shopping center on N. Main Street. It was opened by an independent operator and ran the theatre until around 1967, when, as the story goes, the theatre was sold away from his family due to the marriage of the son who married outside the religion.
The theatre was bought by Loew’s and they remodeled the theatre in a green, purple and blue motif. The theatre 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 theatre sub-run at an 80 cent admission. On May 26, 1988, Loew’s closed this theatre, and it became a camera shop.
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