Regal Theater

1201 Linn Street,
West End,
Cincinnati, OH 45203

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Regal Theater

The Casino Theater is located two blocks away from the Metropolitan/State Theater, which was designed by the same architectural firm. The Casino Theater was opened in 1914. It had been renamed Regal Theater by 1941.

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sam siklas
sam siklas on December 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Chris, I wish you and Dixon all the best in bringing this one back to life. With so many of Cincinnati’s theaters facing the wrecking ball with the demise of R.K.O, this venue is a true survivor. Because of this, it becomes all the more valuable. You might check if it had a pipe organ at one time. If so you could check with the American Pipe Organ Society (ATOS), as well as that group’s Ohio chapter. They would be willing to help with research on this. A grand theater organ would make the Regal all the more popular. Again, best wishes for success!! == Sam ==

mpfaff on January 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm

My Dad managed this place in the early 90s for Gary Goldman until the day they shut it down, the neighborhood largely ruined a lot of the splendor the building had along with the fact that business was on the decline and the money wasn’t there to do proper maintenance at the time. The neighborhood and clientele were a little more dangerous then than they would be now.

I’m afraid there is no pipe organ in there. There’s a reasonably large stage, a dressing room or two, a decent sized basement are under the stage, a very small orchestra pit in front. In the early 90s the balcony was converted into two more screens.

It ran mostly second run with the occasional first run picture and had the best steamed hot dogs and metts you could get in Cincinnati.

I spent my whole life in the movie business, there’s not much of a market these days for small theaters that aren’t art houses. I left just last year for an office job.

hanksykes on April 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Casino Theater was the original name of this venue when it opened in 1913 and later became the Rialto Th. It was designed by local Cincinnati architects Rapp,Zettle,and Rapp.One can still see the Casino name inscribed at the top of its entrance tower.

specialkvi on November 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Does anyone have any interior pictures of the Regal (Casino) Theatre?

meheuck on November 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I take it that Mr. Edwards' renovation efforts were not successful.

hanksykes on November 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm

The Regal Th. was two blocks away from the Metropolitan Th. (not Majestic Th.) which later was re-named The State Th. and finally Allision’s West-End Th. Today the original Metropolitan Th. is the home of the Lighthouse Church.

raabeye on March 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Unfortunately Cincinnati is full of residents- former and current- who have good intentions but limited capabilities. Add Chris Randolph and Dixon Edwards up to this uninspiring list. From the old Hudepohl building to the Crosley factory plenty of people are sitting on buildings and stopping the future improvement of our community. I would like to request that Mr Edwards and his company- CASINO THEATER CINCINNATI LLC- hand this property over to someone capable of improving it.

shoes on March 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

MPFAFF doing a documentary of the West End do you have pictures of the Regal before it’s demise have included stories of the Regal (Casino) in my book , Cincinnati’s West End along with The State, Lincoln, Peking, Hippodrome, Roosevelt and Dixie theaters

hanksykes on November 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Built as The Casino Theater in 1913 and opened as same in 1914, in the 1940"s its called Regal Theater. Architects for this venue were Rapp/Zettle/Rapp. Current owners in Nov. of 2013 are the Port Authrity Land Bank Cincinnati,Ohio. More info can be garnered at that site.

DavidZornig on March 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Circa 1983 photo added courtesy of Renee Rachel-Garciaā€ˇ.

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