Times Towne Theatre

101 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The Times Towne Theatre was just about THE house downtown during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Owned by Mid States Theatres, it ran first run must see films. This was back when films ran in one theatre exclusively and the exterior was always redone for whatever film was showing. It seemed to always get the Bond films. Lots of UA. “Tom Jones”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “The Fortune Cookie” and others.

On a Saturday night back around 1970, this theatre would sell out all the time. This was before most of the modern multiplexes and this insane massive release of films these days. Word of mouth had a chance to build and if you wanted to go see it, you had to make the effort.

Contributed by Michael Foley

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hanksykes
hanksykes on December 17, 2009 at 4:30 pm

The Times Theater opened Oct.25,1940 ,a Friday, according to the Post Newspaper ad. Its opening attraction was ,“He Stayed For Breakfast”, (somewhat ironic considering it became the site of an Arby’s Restaurant later)starring Loretta Young and Melvyn Douglas. Admission prices were 20 cents till 6p.m.,33 cents after 6,children 10 cents all times. Former site was the Times Star Newspaper, hence this venues first name. Times Towne Theater was sold July 19,1978, it closed in 1979, twas gutted to become an Arby’s in 1980.

hanksykes
hanksykes on December 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm

atmos, Our l940 RKO Grand Theater on Vine Street, a block away from Times Cinema, was a Drew Eberson design venue, but I’ve not be able to confirm the architect for the Times.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm

The TIMES THEATRE on August 9 1974 was playing Clint Eastwood in “THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT” rated R.They started showing it at 11:40 am and run shows with the last one at 11:50 pm.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm

We also ran this movie at the LOEWS CRESCENT the Times they are a changing.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm

We didn’t get it it went to DANIEL VILLAGE. GEORGIA THEATRES got all the UA product.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

We ran a lot of the U.A. stuff.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Yeah you got all the BONDS. We did get BRIDGE TOO FAR which was a UA product.It was long ,but i enjoyed it.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Yhea we showed that one too.I dont like war movies.At the LOEWS CRESCENT.I have a 1-sheet for it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I have the onesheet too and I like war movies, WW2 mainly.

John Whitley
John Whitley on November 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

A great pre-teen memory at this theater – sitting in the middle of a packed house seeing CARRIE for the first time, watching the popcorn fly in the air at the final “shocker” shot.

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