McCook Theater

1267 N. Keowee Street,
Dayton, OH 45404

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MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on October 7, 2013 at 5:21 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 6:19 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 6:17 am

http://m.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2013/06/12/dayton-properties-to-be-demolished-for.html?r=full

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on October 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

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

TerryBear
TerryBear on March 17, 2011 at 12:12 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 7:56 pm

It keeps me out of the bars. ;–)

Mark_L
Mark_L on September 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 11, 2010 at 6:47 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
Mark_L on March 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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

DLH
DLH on March 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

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
jon6444 on November 1, 2009 at 7:06 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 5:54 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
Trikuro on August 27, 2007 at 9:13 pm

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…

http://boinko.com

dingoman
dingoman on August 15, 2007 at 10:10 am

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
dingoman on August 15, 2007 at 10:08 am

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?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 4, 2007 at 9:43 am

This is an 11/14/2003 article about the former McCook Theater.

“Dayton, Ohio, Officials Hope to Shut Down Adult Theater.

Source: Dayton Daily News
Byline: Lou Grieco

Nov. 14—City officials, who first used a nuisance ordinance to close an adult business two years ago, are now trying to close the McCook Theatre, 1267 N. Keowee St.

A hearing before the Use Nuisance Appeals Board was held Thursday. The five-member board, which represents five city departments, will continue next Thursday.

At issue are 15 incidents where nuisance abatements were served at the theater between April 2002 and August 2003. All but one involve men masturbating in video booths, Dayton police Detective John Ness testified. The other involves two female employees who performed sex acts on each other behind a pane of glass, Ness said.

The two women were convicted of prostitution-related offenses. Most of the men were charged with public indecency, according to police.

Under the ordinance, city officials can declare a property a nuisance if illegal activity, such as prostitution or drug use, occurs there. If the nuisance continues, the property can be closed for up to a year.

The city first used the ordinance against an adult business in 2001, targeting the Art Theatre at 1924 Wayne Ave. In July 2001, the theater owner agreed to close the business and sell the property.

Attorney H. Louis Sirkin, who said he represented former McCook property owner Woodman Realty, questioned whether public indecency was sufficient for a nuisance abatement. He pointed to the city’s form, which lists four reasons for abatement: drug use, liquor offenses, prostitution and gambling.

Sergeants who assisted in serving papers in the McCook abatements, said public indecency would qualify as a “lesser included offense” for prostitution, just as many charges would qualify under liquor offenses".

Tinch
Tinch on July 4, 2004 at 1:05 pm

Jerry Young where are you?
Elson Tinch from Dayton Ohio