Dayton Mall Cinemas

2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Road,
Dayton, OH 45459

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Dayton Mall Cinemas

The Dayton Mall Cinema was opened December 25, 1969 with Dustin Hoffman & Mia Farrow in “John and Mary”. It was equipped for 35mm & 70mm projection and had seating for 1,100. On August 4, 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 Theaters Inc. 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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happymom45342 on June 17, 2013 at 2:34 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 on April 29, 2015 at 3:52 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 on April 29, 2015 at 6:37 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 on April 29, 2015 at 7:29 pm

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

brentworkster on December 21, 2016 at 10:16 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…

rivest266 on March 31, 2018 at 11:56 am

This opened on December 25th, 1969 with one 70MM screen. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on April 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

2 screen in Early 1972

Mark_L on June 12, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Dayton Mall 2 opened on 8/4/1972 with BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE. There were 70mm screenings in this theatre.

Mark_L on October 30, 2018 at 2:37 pm

A complete list of 70mm engagements at these theaters is available at the in70mm website.

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