Dent Auto Theatre
6321 Harrison Avenue,
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Dent is a section of town on the outskirts of Cincinnati. It was a mostly rural area until “progress” took over. This drive-in was the most popular one in the western part of Hamilton County, Ohio. The Dent Auto Theatre opened July 28, 1949, screening the 1949 adventure “Outpost in Morocco” with George Raft and Marie Windsor. It was opened by Harry Brown, Edward J. Moore and Jerome J. Kunz (dba Auto-In Theatre Co.), who were also operating the Auto-In Theatre. They showed first run movies every night of the week, almost always double features. Anthony Kunz & Sons were the architects and Jack Seyferth was the general contractor for the construction of the new Dent Auto-Theatre. The ozoner could park 800 cars with RCA in-a-car speakers with heaters. Theatres Owner Corp. (TOC) from Cincinnati, OH, was the booking and buying agency in 1952. Starting in 1968, Marshal H. Fine (dba Associated Theatres from Cleveland, OH) took over the operation of the Dent Auto Theatre and the Auto-In. Fine formed the Cincinnati Theatre Co. to operate his Cincinnati theatre interests. In May 1971, Cincinnati Theatre Co. sold the Dent Auto Theatre to Roy B. White (dba (Mid-State Theatres). The sale also included the Auto-In.
Eventually Holiday Amusements would be the owner and operator of the Dent Auto Theatre. Going into the 1980’s, Joanne Cohen (dba Holiday Amusements) is quoted as saying “We want to get out of the drive-in business”. In 1955, Joanne Cohen had hoped to persuade film distributors, that the west side of Cincinnati as an underserved market for first run films. She wanted to spend $1.5 million converting the Dent Auto Theatre property into a 10-screen, first run multiplex theatre. Apparently that did not happen, so Holiday Amusements operated the Dent Auto Theatre until the end of the 1987 season when it closed for good.
In December 1988, Green Township purchased the property from Valley Auto Theatres Inc. for $580,000. The property where the Dent Auto Theatre was, is now a Veterans Park with a baseball field, bike trails and walking trails. Anyone remember the old days when the Dent Auto Theatre was the happening place to be? The kids would always meet at the Den Auto Theatre.
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