Dayton Mall Cinemas

2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Road,
Dayton, OH 45459

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Dayton Mall Cinemas

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The Dayton Mall Cinema was opened in 1969 with seating for 1,100. In 1972, the 500-seat Cinema 2 was opened upstairs near the food court. Cinemas 3 and 4 opened in 1979 across from Cinema 2, and Cinemas 5-8 were opened in 1984, outside the mall in the rear. Chakeres Theatres sold the cinemas to National Amusements in 1988.

Cinemas 2, 3 and 4 closed in 1993, 5-8 closed in 2000, and the original cinema closed in January 2001.The Cinema 2 is now a bookstore, cinema 1 is C.J. Banks, 5-8 is now apart of Old Navy and 3 & 4 still remain behind a wall after over a decade.

Contributed by Danny Davis

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TerryBear
TerryBear on October 27, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I am going to jump in here and say that I remember Cinema 2 being eventually equipped for 70MM presentations. I seem to remember viewing Roman Polanski’s film TESS in 70MM at Cinema 2. I also remember the 70MM print of TOWERING INFERNO being moved to Cinema 2 from Cinema 1, also. Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 were very well constructed and nicely equipped. Can’t say as much for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Pretty much cookie-cutter multiplex cinemas.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on July 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Went up to the Dayton Amateur Radio Convention in May and I walked through the mall. Based on the descriptions provided here, I have what I believe to be a photo of #1 posted on Cinematour. It appears CJ Banks is Suite 700 and the remains of cinema 1 are labelled as suite 738. Cinema 1 is at Mall exit #2.

JerryKelly
JerryKelly on February 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Yes, Cinema 2 was outfitted for 70MM. It was used at least once during the summer of 1989…perhaps later.

prick
prick on March 30, 2012 at 1:48 am

i believe cinemas 5-8 were opened in 1982 (not 84) since i worked there for 10 months that year. and yes, it was a piece of cheap crap.

not entirely sure, but i thought Cinema 1 was opened in 1971 with “Hello Dolly”. Cinema 1 was the jewel of Dayton for nearly the whole time is was in operation. though rumors of the swimming pool on the roof were untrue.

happymom45342
happymom45342 on June 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I worked there and loved it. I was 19 yrs old. I worked there when the original Star Wars were re-released in ‘97 and that was so much fun and really exciting! You wouldn’t believe how many weeks Titanic ran there in theatre 1. I understand now why it’s never been turned into a store. It’s storage. Such a shame! why oh why. My lovely friend Theatre 1 you are missed and still loved.

robboehm
robboehm on April 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Was this not the theater that was originally operated by Century? I remember seeing an ad for Century’s Dayton. And if so was it the Century chain from New York rather than the west coast one?

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on April 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Nope. It was Chakeres. Century opened Page Manor as its only venture in Dayton which they operated shortly handing the to Holiday Amusements in Cincinnati.

robboehm
robboehm on April 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Thanks. It would be nice if someone could find pictures of the Page Manor in the day.

brentworkster
brentworkster on December 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

I worked at these theatres for several years, in the 80s, remember them fondly. Was there for the opening of the 5-8 theaters in the back, remember hiding mop buckets as people were walking in (construction and cleanup was going on right til showtime). No pool on roof, although I remember going up there with one of the Chakere’s managers to check the AC when Cinema 1 got hot one nite. Remember Rocky III was a monster, theaters 3 and 4 both ran nonstop for weeks, never not full, Empire Strkes back was an all Summer beast…

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