Carousel Cinemas

8000 Reading Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45237

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Opened in 1968, Loews closed Carousel Cinemas July 1990 and was reopened by American Cinemas, a investment group that includes Cincinnatian Robert Siegel and Daytonians Sandy Gerber and Lenny Peal in January 1991. Carousel Cinemas later would be closed.

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Mark_L
Mark_L on May 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

The Carousel Theater was constructed after the Carrousel Motel. Architect was Tom Tilsley, who worked for the same firm that designed the motel.

Now, to the question…why was the theatre CAROUSEL and the motel CARROUSEL?

meheuck
meheuck on July 12, 2010 at 1:57 am

Perhaps the motel operators had some sort of legal claim on their spelling of “carrousel,” and the theatre operators wanted to still try to piggyback on the perceived popularity of the motel, so they went to the single-r spelling.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Carousel was built in 1968,was twinned in 1970,later closed in Aug. 1999. Twas re-born as Carousel American Cinema on Jan.18,1991 being run by Misters Segal and Baum,but was finally finished for good in 1994.

cincyfilmman
cincyfilmman on February 28, 2012 at 12:39 am

This had to have been the NUMBER ONE PLACE IN THE CITY TO SEE any 70mm FILM!!!! I remember seeing The Right Stuff here in 70MM and between the super clear image and superb 6 track sound it was the most ineradicable, film showings I had ever seen. I think what really added to it was the curved screen in the main house. Off hand does anyone know who wound up with the equipment that was in the booths before the theater was demolished?

myka1319
myka1319 on March 21, 2013 at 1:18 am

I remembered my family went to see Alien in 79 The most terrifying experience i’ve had in a theater. It was great ! I also remember seeing Dick Tracy in 90 with a Trailer of Die Hard 2. In early 92 it was briefly turned into a second run theater, I remembered seeing The last boyscout there.

John Whitley
John Whitley on November 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

Who remembers the exclusive showing of EARTHQUAKE in Sensurround? Waiting in the long lines in the lobby, we felt the vibrations all the way out to the candy counter!

cholt
cholt on October 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

My first inside theater I remember going to: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I also saw Superman: The Movie and Animal House. In its later days, they had Hitchcock and Woody Allen film festivals.

blgwc
blgwc on October 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Saw Close Encounters when it opened there. And Barry Lyndon.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm

October 29th, 1968 grand opening ad in photo section

rivest266
rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 7:02 pm

November 23rd 1971 grand opening ad for the 2nd screen in the photo section.

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