Fairborn Twin Cinemas

34 S. Broad Street,
Fairborn, OH 45324

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Fairborn Twin Cinemas

The Fairborn Theatre was opened by Chakeres Theatres in 1948 and was the chain’s 47th theater. The Fairborn Theatre was twinned in the early-1970’s. Chakeres closed the Fairborn Twin Cinema in November 1999 with “Three to Tango” and “Runaway Bride”.

Chakeres donated the Fairborn Twin Cinema in 2002 for a community arts group who plan to restore Fairborn to a single screen theatre but have been delayed several times. The theatre needs a new roof, plumbing going from the street to the building, new plumbing throughout the theatre, new heating and cooling, the marquee is in need of TLC, and there is a major pigeon problem, just to name a few things wrong with the Fairborn Theatre.

The cost is reported to be around $5-6 million dollars, so we will have wait to see what happens. The Fairborn Theatre was a beautiful theatre, but 15 years of neglect by Chakeres and over five years of abandonment have not helped.

Contributed by Mike Hoyts

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

jon6444 on January 12, 2006 at 12:17 am

We have finished up the exterior brick repair and will be starting with the removal of the center wall, two screens and seats. One of the screens and the seats will be put up for sale soon. We are basically preping the theatre for renovation…We are working on a capital campaign and grant writing…more updates to come.

KimberlyReevesSagMember on May 6, 2006 at 3:11 am

Hi, I was Wondering any News? What are they Going to “Perserve” from this Cinema? – I visited the Website above, but No Draft design.

I hope, 1.) the Cinemas' Front Lightbulbs located underneath the outside Foyer, stay in tact. and 2.) The Large FAIRBORN Sign remains. also, 3.) the Face Emblem, or Drama man..whatever is located in the center remains there. – With so many “drab Movie multi-plex” taking over, It’s Necessary to keep the Original Look and Feel, of the “Bright Lights” – Small Town, Walk-in cinema. – Hopeful for one, Very Large Screen, and performance stage will also appeal.

I fully Agree that “Fairborn is Deserving of a Community Arts Center”. ( I grew up playing the Violin, taught by the Late, Ms. Joan Seymour. – If anyone was privileged to know Her, you understand how much Talent Can be achieved; while showcasing the Orchestra, and Bands, etc.

The Importance is the Outside remaining a Historic Movie Theatre. The FAIRBORN TWIN should remain in Tradmark, at its best. –
If the Fairborn Newspaper, and City School District will advertise more, (the Necessity for Keeping this Theatre in charitible rennovations), more Contributions can be achieved; Residents Should Help out. I certainly will donate as much, But I was Very Happy to read about rennovation plans. There is Sooo much to perseve, and I recognise a few of your Names here.

When I asked about the cinema a few years back, my Mother Dorothy, said to me over the phone, “the twin cinema closed Kim, it’s going to be demolished”… I shouted with, “No, it can’t!"
(Go Skyhawks… Class of 1990.} – Thanks.

  • Kimberly Reeves
jon6444 on May 27, 2006 at 11:42 am

Hi Kimberly
I just sent you an e-mail through your website via your assistant. I attached a few photos of the theatre and left my contact info….Please give me a call, I can give you a much better update over the phone.

jon6444 on June 28, 2006 at 11:26 am

New website: htpp://fairbornpac.org

paulinehumbert on April 24, 2011 at 1:06 am

I was just reading through some of the comments, and the newest ones being from mid-2009 concern me. I’m a current 8th grader at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, although I still live in and love Fairborn with all my heart. Theatre is my life, and don’t get me wrong, I love all the theatres that I work with in other cities in the area, but I would absolutely love for Fairborn to have out own to be proud of, and show off talent from. Has the plan for the theatre been lost? I can’t seem to find much information…

paulinehumbert on April 24, 2011 at 1:12 am

Sorry for the mistype, it’s*

iand84 on March 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

i was a member of the organization for 2 years i had a great time working with everyone tearing up the old seats putting the letters up on the marquee i still have one of my seats and im in the process right now of restoring it i would love to get a hold of butch and ivan. Ian Meadows

TomMc11 on May 19, 2017 at 8:24 pm

An August 2016 Google street view shows the marquee in very bad shape and only the F and A left from the word FAIRBORN. Not looking to promising.

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