McCook Theater

1267 N. Keowee Street,
Dayton, OH 45404

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MovieMad52 on July 29, 2015 at 11:42 pm

Levin Services took over operation in 1974 and they programmed the theatre with second run discount. The theatre was operating first run all of 1972 playing such movies as CABARET, FILLMORE and THE OTHER. I worked for most of 1972 there as projectionist.

Orion33 on July 29, 2015 at 9:09 pm

My first glimpse of the McCook Cinema happened in 1964. At that time, “Dr Zhivago” was showing. The theater tended to show epic type movies if I recall until around 1972 when it started showing B movies and 2nd run features. Saw the “Groove Tube” there along with the re-release of the Billy Jack movie “Born Losers.” The theater then went hardcore porn approx. 1978.

It was approx. 1979-1980 when the theater became a real sleaze pit. Glass partition booths were installed along with porn loop stalls and a hardcore magazine, book section. I knew a girl who worked there briefly behind the glass booth. No offence, but this girl was all of 300 lbs! Clientele couldn’t have been too selective. The place had a long standing history of using only burnt out skanks.

The theater continued their porn run until approx. 2005 (?) It then became a couples/love boutique business. It limped along for several years before closing. The theater is now completely demolished.

MovieMad52 on November 4, 2014 at 1:38 am

Herman Hunt was the exhibitor who ran Hunts McCook and Hunts Cinestage in Columbus, Ohio.

MovieMad52 on August 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

This was one of the finest RoadShow theatres in the area. It was a victim of the times when those theatres failed and died as single screen location. It did not deserve to finish its years as and adult store.

MovieMad52 on June 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

The McCook demise is Levin services fault since allowing the X rated movies.

MovieMad52 on April 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

The McCook Theatre should be listed as ‘demolished’.

MovieMad52 on October 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm

With the McCook gone, the only theatre standing that I worked at in Dayton is the former Loews Ames on North Main Street next to the Northtown Shopping Center. I worked at 6 locations.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on October 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

Dayton properties to be demolished for new development

Tristan Navera

Dayton Business Journal

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 1:26pm EDT

A Lexington-based real estate firm plans to demolish two properties along Keowee Street as part of a larger redevelopment plan.

Garrett Day LLC bought the former Love Boutique at 1267 N. Keowee St. from the Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corp., and bought the former Royal Motel at 1450 N. Keowee St. at auction for $15,000. Mike Heitz, president of Garrett Day, said the company plans to demolish both buildings by September for potential future retail use.

Heitz said he expects it will cost $40,000 to $50,000 to demolish 1267 N. Keowee St. and about $80,000 to demolish 1450 N. Keowee St., both of which were vacant buildings which had become eyesores, he said, adding that the company would like to buy more land in the area for future development.

Garrett Day has acquired several similar vacant properties in the city within the past year to demolish and redevelop, including the former Dayton Executive Inn at 2401 Needmore Road, the former Rita Construction site at 824 Leo St., and a former industrial site at 1801 Home Ave.

Heitz has said he believes systematic redevelopment of area brownfields — commercial properties kept from redevelopment because of potential contaminants — is the key to Dayton’s recovery and a good long-term investment for his company.

“We want to be in a good planning position when people start building again,” Heitz said.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on October 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

MovieMad52 on October 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

A friend reported to me that the McCook has been knocked down. Can anyone confirm with a picture?

TerryBear on March 17, 2011 at 3:12 am

The Dabel over on Smithville was the home of the WTUE midnight movies. Yes, there were pre-movie pyrotechnics, and short subjects, and such along with the features. By the time the movies started, there was so much haze in the auditorium, you couldn’t help by get a contact high.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on September 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

It keeps me out of the bars. ;–)

Mark_L on September 18, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Wallyum, thanks for the excellent pictures of the Dayton theatres.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

According to the book “When Dayton Went to the Movies” the McCook Theatre opened on July 10, 1941. The house was designed and built by the F & Y Building Service. Originally seating 900, its capacity was reduced to 700 when Todd-AO projection equipment was installed in 1958.

Mark_L on March 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Ran 3-strip CINEMIRACLE presentation of WINDJAMMER opening March 14, 1961.

DLH on March 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Does anyone know if the McCook is gthe theater that used to host the WTUE Late Shows in the late 70’s early 80’s? I remember that is had a 70mm screen and they used to have a pyrotechnics show inside before the movies started.

jon6444 on November 1, 2009 at 10:06 am

The public housing is gone (Parkside Homes). It was demolished when they fixed I-75/malfunction Junction.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on May 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I just got back from the Dayton Amateur Radio Convention. This is what I saw. The bowling alley? Next door is for lease, and there appears to be a police precinct behind the theatre. Sorry, not much else. Theatre looks relatively the same from the outside as the available pictures of it I’ve found.

Trikuro on August 28, 2007 at 12:13 am

It is an adult bookstore now, and all of the theater equipment was removed several years ago. The original theater seats are still under the flooring and some of the screens are behind walls, but Deja Vu owns it now…

dingoman on August 15, 2007 at 1:10 pm

Oh yeah, there was a bowling alley across the driveway from this theater that was neat in exterior design. I also remember that the area was somewhat dangeorus at night because of a public housing project a block away.

dingoman on August 15, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Saw Doctor Zhivago, Finians Rainbow, Lawrence of Arabia, Gone With The Wind and Song of Norway on this screen. I remember they had a huge curved screen. In those days tickets had seat numbers on them. Does anyone know if this theater is worth restoring??? Or has it been hacked up?

Tinch on July 4, 2004 at 4:05 pm

Jerry Young where are you?
Elson Tinch from Dayton Ohio