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 8:34 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 9:52 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 30, 2015 at 12:37 am

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 30, 2015 at 1:29 am

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

brentworkster on December 21, 2016 at 4:16 pm

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 5:56 pm

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

rivest266 on April 1, 2018 at 5:15 pm

2 screen in Early 1972

Mark_L on June 13, 2018 at 1:14 am

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 7:37 pm

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

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