Mount Adams Cinema

1136 Belvedere Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Mount Adams Cinema

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This theatre is likely best known as a scrappy independent operation high up in the hills outside downtown Cincinnati. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, it often subsisted entirely on screenings of “Harold and Maude” and “King of Hearts”, which before the days of tape and DVD, people would come to watch again and again. Before they closed, they expanded the playlist to other cult movies prone to repeat viewing. One time a friend called for showtimes, and the person on the other end asked what time could he get there. Sure enough, the show was held for his party because they wound up being the only people to come.

It’s been hard to learn anything about the place post-mortem. Mt. Adams is a popular upscale neighborhood known for pubs and sightseeing: there is a church parking lot that has a magnificent view of downtown Cincinnati. Pity such an affluent neighborhood couldn’t sustain a local theatre.

Anyone with pictures, please post them. This is the one theatre of my childhood I never got to visit and it’s always killed me to have no memories of its appearance.

Contributed by Marc Edward Heuck

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Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on August 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm

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Sorry about the brevity, but there was no parking available and I was due to pick my daughter up from skating practice.

hanksykes
hanksykes on July 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm

According to a recent Enquirer news article the Mt. Adams (nee Belvedere Th.) has become a ritzy condo with full occupancy. Nice that they saved the structure even with the loss of the cinema. The building had also been used to store scenery for Ch.#5 NBC Television during some of its down years.

triciawilliams
triciawilliams on November 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

My father, Ray Williams, reopened this eclectic theatre in the 1970’s. Our large family has many happy memories of watching Harold and Maude, The Red Balloon, The Harder They Come, Amacord, etc. in this labor of love theatre my father created. It was the first Cincinnati theatre to show Rocky Horror. The best projectionist in town worked there, his name was Tuck. If anyone has any great stories of Ray Williams please share them.

meheuck
meheuck on November 6, 2012 at 1:00 am

Tricia: thank you for sharing your memories of your dad and his time with the Mt. Adams. It saddens me that I never got to see the place when I lived in Cincinnati.

I’m wondering if you can help me with a little ROCKY HORROR history though. You’re claiming that ROCKY showed first at the Adams – do your remember the dates? My earliest memories of the movie playing in Cincy was seeing newspaper ads for it at a short-lived mini-plex in Corryville near UC – each room had its own name, so it was called “The Bijou, the Roxy, and the Ritz” – and then after that, its long residency at the Skywalk downtown, where I ultimately saw it. I’d love to establish a timeline for the movie.

Apiker
Apiker on February 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I live in one of the two condos that used to be the Belvedere Theater. I would love to find some old photos from its days as a theater, church or saloon. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Andy_Niedenthal
Andy_Niedenthal on April 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Can’t add any new info, my family used to own The Belvedere Theater – remember it only as storage for WLW-TV set storage, I helped take out the old projectors in the late 50’s and donated them to my high school Andy

John Whitley
John Whitley on November 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

Am I out of my mind or was this theater the midnight showing home of Monty Python & the Holy Grail???

cholt
cholt on October 8, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Yes, Monty Python and the Holy Grail had midnight showings in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

larryschumacher
larryschumacher on January 27, 2017 at 12:11 pm

My Grandmother Bernadina Schumacher and her husband Herman Heinrich Schumacher and their (5) sins and (1) daughter lived in MT Adams from Approx. 1905 to 1946 +/–. It has been reported that my grandmother and her children after (Grandad passed, 1920) owned and ran the Belevedere Theater which was directly to the rear of their house on Fuller Street. I recall my dad and other family members talking about working at this Theater. I also recall seeing an article of the Schumacher involvement in this theater contained in a newspaper which was announcing the re-opening of the Belevedere many years ago. If anyone has any reliable knowledge as to how a German speaking widow with (6) children could have owned and or operated this theater so early in the film industry, I would appreciate it if you could report on this website or contact me directly, Larry Schumacher at Thanks

Sandy Chaney
Sandy Chaney on March 23, 2017 at 9:29 pm

I do know that “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW” actually premieres at the Alpha Fine Arts Cinema in Northside. It played for one week and then went on to become the midnight favorite that everyone loves.

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