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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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

August 9 1974 NOW SHOWING at the CAROUSEL
“FOR PETE’S SAKE” and “BANK SHOT” both ratedPG.

Mark_L
Mark_L on March 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm

The actual zip code for 8000 Reading Road is 45237. Google maps will not find this address if you use 45202.

Mark_L
Mark_L on May 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

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 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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 5:32 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 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

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 20, 2013 at 10:18 pm

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 8:39 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 11:08 am

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 2:09 pm

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

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