Fairborn Twin Cinemas

34 S. Broad Street,
Fairborn, OH 45324

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Previously operated by: Chakeres Theaters Inc.

Architects: Herman Hunter, Lloyd Zeller

Firms: Zeller & Hunter

Previous Names: Fairborn Theatre

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Fairborn Twin Cinemas

The Fairborn Theatre was opened by Chakeres Theatres on January 27, 1948 and was the chain’s 47th theatre. 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 planned to restore Fairborn Twin Cinemas back 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 7-years of abandonment have not helped.

Contributed by Mike Hoyts

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

jon6444
jon6444 on May 27, 2006 at 6:42 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
jon6444 on June 28, 2006 at 6:26 am

New website: htpp://fairbornpac.org

paulinehumbert
paulinehumbert on April 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm

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
paulinehumbert on April 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Sorry for the mistype, it’s*

iand84
iand84 on March 6, 2013 at 4:46 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
TomMc11 on May 19, 2017 at 3:24 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.

KenLayton
KenLayton on July 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm

Anyone have pictures of the theater interior?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 30, 2021 at 6:16 am

Chakeres' Fairborn Theatre opened on January 27, 1948, according to Boxoffice of April 3 that year. The architects were Zeller & Hunter (Lloyd Zeller and Herman Hunter) of Springfield, Ohio. The building was listed on the NRHP in 2005.

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