5589 Old Troy Pike,
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The Jerry Lewis Cinema located in the Imperial Heights Shopping Center was to be the first of several Jerry Lewis Cinemas in the Miami Valley. However, soon after the theatre’s opening, the franchise owner’s plan fell through and within two years the Jerry Lewis Cinema was a just memory.
The theatre then was known as Huber Heights Cinema. Barry Weaver who owned the Englewood Cinema (who still owns the property today) the DaBel and the Midtown Cinema 1 & 2 took over Huber Heights Cinema and renamed tthe theatre Huber Heights Flicker Palace. Weaver later sold the Huber Heights Flicker Palace to his manager who was a heck of a guy and his voice was known all around Huber Heights.
Sadly in 1995 as he was planning to triplex the Flicker Palace with blueprints in hand and money ready to go he opened the Dayton Daily News to read “DANBARRY CINEMAS TO BUILD 12 SCREEN DOLLAR SAVER”. The Flicker Palace was doomed, negations with Charlie Lofino who owns the shopping center to lower the rent was a no-go so on October 25, 1995 after a showing of “Apollo 13” the Flicker Palace was closed.
DanBarry would open in early-1996 and the Flicker Palace would follow in summer of 1996 as Movie Palace operated by Mark S. Ballard and his brother who also own Simco Refrigeration, Inc. just down the street from the Movie Palace. The Movie Palace would run the same movie often day and day with DanBarry and seemed to be doing okay. The Flicker Palace was a deal at $1,000 a month and fully equipped. However in December 1999 the Ballard Brothers had a lot of deals with Lofino and his many stores and shopping Centers that include Cub Foods and Save A Lot Food Store. That December Loews Cineplex did not want to renew the Beaver Valley Cinemas a six Cineplex just down the street from a new 20-plex Regal Cinema and a 7-plex closed National Amusement/Showcase Cinemas theatre-The Beavercreek 7.
Lofino did not want the Beaver Valley to be closed and ask the Ballard Brothers to run Beaver Valley until he could find someone to take over the cineplex. The Movie Palace suffered horribly. The one person who ran the Movie Palace was moved to Beaver Valley and kids from Beaver Creek were sent to Flicker. In the end all the money was Beaver Valley’s $8,000 month rent and as much as $12,000 in electric bill. The Movie Palace closed in January 2001 with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and Beaver Valley followed in April 2001.
The Movie Palace was gutted by March 2001 and only the marquee remains today.
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