Art Theatre

288 E. Cuyahoga Falls Avenue,
Akron, OH

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Art Theatre

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This theater originally opened around the 20s as the Dayton and was renamed the Art in 1958. It closed in 1986.

The Art was converted into apartments in 1987.

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patfin
patfin on March 11, 2005 at 6:07 am

The Art theater showed foreign and independent films throughout the 50’s and 60’s. then in the mid-1970’s like the “old Allen” (Astor) downtown, it began showing porn films. It’s former status as an Art theater made it the more legit choice of couples — even a trendy place to take a spouse. But porn is porn, and the clientelle soon dwindled to the typical porn house crowd of older gents and giggling tipsy college kids. It never lost its attractive, beautifully upholstered and carpeted lustre, so many preferred it to the older and less reputable Astor downtown.

richhd5
richhd5 on November 2, 2005 at 3:39 pm

The Art theater was origialy a second run movie house called the Dayton so named because it was at the corner of Cuyahoga Falls Ave and Dayton Ave.This theater probably dates from the twenties being in a “rubber boom town” comercial block of that era between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls.There was some ownership connection with the Royal theater on Johnson St since they ran a duel ad in the newspaper.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

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