Grand Theatre

Vine Street and Opera Place,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The Grand was located in downtown Cincinnati. Not a fancy house but it ran some great first run films. I saw “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Graduate” there and even some less than greats such as “Myra Breckenridge”, “Barbarella” and “Putney Swoop”. The Grand was demolished in 1980.

Contributed by Michael Foley

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avondale
avondale on September 14, 2004 at 9:17 pm

when i was 6 years old i saw my first film there snow white

KenRoe
KenRoe on April 29, 2005 at 11:05 pm

The Grand Theatre was built on the original site of the Grand Opera House. It was operated by RKO for 32 years and is listed as the RKO Grand Theatre in the Film Daily Yearbook,1950.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 28, 2006 at 10:46 pm

This is undated, but appears to be from the early twenties:
http://tinyurl.com/mt69d

hanksykes
hanksykes on November 7, 2006 at 8:08 pm

The architect for the 1940 RKO Grand Theater was Drew Eberson, son of the famous John Eberson.

hanksykes
hanksykes on December 17, 2007 at 8:55 pm

The Grand theater was three seperate structures. The Grand on this page is the RKO GRAND moviehouse from 1939 lasting until it was torndown in 1980.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm

The original Grand Th. (legit) burned on the same day that Queen Victoria died, so the Cincinnati papers shared the front page with Queen Vicky and the Grand Th. fire.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 3, 2010 at 1:55 am

Also Playing for you Ohio moviegoers at the GRAND was Sidney Poitier in UPTOWN,SATURDAY NIGHT. They even ran a late show on this movie at 11:40 pm. Rated PG. This was part of the MID STATES CINEMAS inAugust 9 1974.

Quilty
Quilty on October 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

No photos of the Grand? How is this possible? It wasn’t as rococo and fabulous as the Albee — few things were — but at a time when downtown theaters only showed Hollywood films, I had to lie about my age to get into the Grand because in 1961 they showed “La Dolce Vita,” and in 1962 they showed “Lolita” and later “Rocco and His Brothers.”

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