Cinema Centre 1 & 2

9090 W. Miamisburg Centerville Road,
Dayton, OH 45449

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Bob Mills said he wanted to open a new twin near the Dayton Mall to compete with Chakeres Theatres. And he did just that, opening the Cinema Centre 1 & 2 in December 1975, shortly after Chakeres opened their Southtown Cinemas in July.

Mills ran into cashflow troubles in 1978 and sold the theater to Chakeres in 1979. Chakeres closed the Cinema Centre in 1983. “Flashdance” played for six months before the Cinema Centre closed in February 1983.

Contributed by Danny Davis

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southernlandthief
southernlandthief on November 29, 2006 at 11:32 pm

Tim Ahern and then Mike DeSantis managed this theater in the late 70’s. Saw many movies here. Michael Jackson once came in and saw a film and at least this theater of Bob Mills didn’t burn down like the Cinema East did in 1972.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on May 7, 2008 at 3:51 am

What in the wide, wide world of sports was Michael Jackson doing there? I didn’t think he knew where Ohio is. He showed up once at my theatre in NYC to see ‘Deep Blue Sea’, accompanied by an entourage of 12 y.o. boys. MJ was wearing red pants, white shirt, really good italian shoes, and a bee-keepers hat, complete with netting. I suppose he was trying to be inconspicuous :–) so nobody would recognize him, after all, doesn’t EVERYONE in New York City walk around wearing a bee-keepers hat with netting??

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 10, 2008 at 1:53 am

This must have been during his pre-eccentric years.

Plus, he was born in Gary, Indiana so I’m sure he knew where Ohio was.

Don’t forget that Michael Jackson walked out after a half hour of Deep Blue Sea (quite frankly, I don’t blame him).

TerryBear
TerryBear on November 10, 2008 at 1:52 am

I saw quite a few movies here. Good screen size and seating for a small twin. Only thing perplexing is that the Dolby sound system often had static in the surrounds.

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