Cinema X

910 Race Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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dallasmovietheaters on February 26, 2016 at 10:18 pm

Cinema X was fined $400 a day beginning in December of 1971 for showing adult films. The theater was padlocked by local officials on January 11, 1972 and was in the news over legal battles for a year as locals then seized assets and ordered an auction of the theater contents in 1973. The city of Newport, KY contacted Cincinnati officials to rid that city of their Cinema X. But the First Amendment proved to be honored in Kentucky mores than Southern Ohio and the Newport finally was bought out of existence a full ten years later by the city.

hanksykes on March 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Thanks Cinema Treasures we now have the proper building with the stripped awnings which was the former Cinema X showing in the street view.

TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 4:14 am

Now thats truth in advertising!!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 10, 2010 at 4:02 am

Geez, I thought Cincinnati was like Atlanta,You don’t even think of the hundreds of little towns,it is all Cincinnati.How far apart is Newport? across the river?

hanksykes on January 5, 2010 at 12:01 am

Hello Mr. Rogers I’m afraid you have confused the Cinema X in Newport ,Ky. with the Cinema X in Cincinnati.,Ohio. They are two different cinemas which are not connected to one or the other. The Cinema X in Cincinnati,Ohio was at 910 Race Street and today that is a law firm. The Yum Yum Restaurant is still located on the opposite side at 909 Race Street in Cincinnati,Ohio.

kencmcintyre on January 3, 2010 at 2:42 am

The law firm is at 910 Race. 909 Race is the Yum Yum restaurant, but it looks a little small to be a theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 3, 2010 at 2:30 am

Boy, For a conservative town CINEMA X was not shy about newspaper ads. August 9 1974 at the CINEMA X 2 all new X rated films. No titles given. Shows started as early as 10:00 am.and ran until midnight. It was located in Newport, Ky. Kentucky should be as conservative as Southern Ohio.

hanksykes on April 16, 2009 at 12:43 am

Looking further at the City Directory of Cincinnati, I find Cinema X listed at 902 Race Street in 1972 and 1973, probably a numerical misprint, but the theatre did operate between 71 and 73.

hanksykes on April 15, 2009 at 1:20 am

After checking several dates in 1972 for Cincinnati Cinema X I must conclude the cinema did not advertise in the local Post even though there were ads for X rated films at the Royal Th. also for Cinema X in Newport,Ky.

hanksykes on April 15, 2009 at 12:29 am

It now appears that Cinema X at 910 Race Street ran frm 1971 until 1973 as posted at the top of this web page. I’ll try for some adds to see what ran in the local newspapers.

hanksykes on April 14, 2009 at 12:30 am

The correct address for the Cinema X in Cincinnati was 910 Race Street not 909! March 31,1971 Cinema X appplied for a license to show adult films and was denied by the City Of Cincinnati. The Cinema sued the City for 1.1 million dollars, but no further datails are available. It looks like the theatre never opened , but there was a picture of a tall vertical facade sign which gave the theatres name on the facade at 910 Race St.

mjfoley747 on September 11, 2008 at 7:48 pm

“Midnight Cowboy” opened at The Studio Cinemas, which were twin mini cinemas, located on the ground floor of the building where The Playboy Club was located.

hanksykes on January 8, 2007 at 8:36 pm

The steakhouse on the site of the former Sixty Second Shop,later a Longhorn Steakhouse and finally an Oriental restaurant has also surcommed to out of businessitis, a vacant building once again. The parking lot next to it survives.

hanksykes on October 2, 2006 at 8:18 pm

The Royal Th. always retained the name Royal Th. over all the years.The Cinema X on Race Street is presently a Law Firm. There was a Cinema X in Newport,Ky. for years it is also long gone.

stubaby on August 27, 2006 at 12:31 am

oops…by the way, the Royal (which may have changed its name in its later, most “hard core” years, not sure- is now demolished, its space part of a parking lot, the Sixty Second shop/country kitchen later became a Steakhouse and last time I was in cincy was vacant, and due to reopen as an oriental restaurant, I believe. The Cinema X is no longer a bloodbank, but I think the building still stands, not that it is worthy of much notice!

stubaby on August 27, 2006 at 12:11 am

ok , here’s the skinny! ( : Being 55 years old, and though no longer in state, a cincinnati “downtowner” from age 15. Original listing IS correct… a “Cinema X” did indeed exist on Race Street, on the East side of street between 9th and Court Sts… possibly between Court and Central Parkway. Rather short-lived as theatres go, and it DID eventually become a commercial blood bank. There was also a “Cinema X” in Newport, Kentucky. There was also the older Royal Theatre, on Vine Street just across the street from the grander Capitol Theatre, between 7th and Garfield Place! The Royal outlived the Capitol by many years… probably was a “legitimate”, if low budget place at one time, but it was always a porn theatre as far back as I remember…. soft core “back in the day”, then more hard core into the late sixties, early seventies. Constantly picketed by anti-porn groups, the Royal finally succumbed. The restaurant next door was indeed the “Sixty Second Shop” (there were several in downtown Cincy in the mid-sixties), later became “The Country Kitchen.” As to the Race Street “Cinema X”, I recall seeing it, but did not patronize such places and recall it as a concrete box of a building (formerly an auto supply store, I guess) that was briefly converted to a porn theatre, had its brief shining moment of notoriety, and then vanished. the Royal, however, was a “real” theatre, and – porn or no – I regret never having visited it… just as I regret never having gone inside the Gayety Burlesque… even though I worked next door at the Main Library. Only 18 at time, though, and sqeamish about it. (possibly admittance age may have been 21, also in 1970. The Gayety closed before I was 21) My Dad took my Mom there, though!! (well, they had comedians, too!) OK< a little rambling, but those are the facts of “Cinema X” as I recall them, and I am 99.9% sure I am accurate! Peace out!

Joeallen on June 9, 2005 at 7:01 am

I am 47 years old. The ONLY thing I even remember about Cinema X is that was where “Midnight Cowboy” played when it opened in Cincinnati. I know there was a Cinema X somewhere in downtown Cincinnati. Lots of help, huh?

TMO on April 20, 2005 at 1:04 am

The original entry and Casper’s post are correct. Although I thought the Cincinnati Cinema X was on Elm St., it might well have been Race St.
The Royal showed soft porn, not hardcore like Cinema X.
The restaurant next to the Royal was originally a Sixty-Second Shop where all the strippers from the Gayety Theater would go between shows.(in the late 60’s its name changed)
As far as “XXX” movies in Cincinnati, it wasn’t until Simon Leis became the Hamilton Co. prosecutor that much fuss was made.
I saw “Deep Throat” at the Guild at Peebles Corner and “Hair” played at the Schubert in 1970 without any problem.

meheuck on January 24, 2005 at 1:00 pm

Casper, I’m a little confused by your post. Are you saying that at one time the Royal did use the name “Cinema X?” Or just acknowledging that there were once two places to see adult movies in the Cincinnati area. Because unless there is documentation otherwise, I’m maintaining that this entry be corrected to reflect that this description is of the Royal, not the Cinema X/State in Newport.

KennethCasper on January 24, 2005 at 9:39 am

Indeed, there were two Cinema X’s in Greater Cincinnati. One was opened in 1969 on Race St. in Cincinnati, and one was in the old State Theater in Newport at about the same time. In 1963, the Royal Theater on Vine St. in Cincinnat became an adult theater. Before that, it had been a two-feature for 35 cents theater. And before that, when it was originally built it was a fairly class theater. I am fond of the Royal Theater because in 1962 I graduated from high school, and my father would get me up at 5 a.m. and put me on the old Greenline at 6 a.m. to look for a job. He would give me two dollars. Of course, I was up for the draft and no one would hire me. Since employment offices opened at 10 a.m and closed at 2 p.m. I spent my mornings sitting in the old Country Boy restaurant next door drinking coffee and in the Royal Theater after 2 p.m. Thanks to the Royal Theater for giving me shelter during that time.

meheuck on January 5, 2005 at 4:52 pm

Sorry, I meant Newport, KY, not Covington.

meheuck on January 5, 2005 at 4:50 pm

Actually, this listing is incorrect. The theatre described here is the Royal Theatre. The Cinema X was across the river in Covington, KY, and lasted a little bit longer than the Royal in showing adult movies, but they too also succumbed to closure.

scottfavareille on October 21, 2004 at 10:51 pm

Did Charles Keating have something to do with getting this theater shut down? He was prominent in getting Vixen banned in Cincinatti and also going after Larry Flynt in his early days of running a strip club in Cincinatti.