Skywalk Cinemas

505 Race Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Skywalk Cinemas

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The Skywalk Cinemas were located on Race Street in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, a short walk from another beloved theatre, the Place (Real Movies Repertory Theatre). They were best known as the longtime home for weekend midnight screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

The theatre, along with all other buildings at this corner, were torn down for the Fountain Square West building project. A Lazarus department store building is on the property now.

Contributed by Marc Edward Heuck

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Wellespring on July 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I found an article in the October 15, 1972 issue of Box Office magazine heralding the opening of the Skywalk Cinema. It includes an architectural drawing and interior and exterior photos. If anyone is interested in seeing this article drop me a line.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm

On AUGUST 9 1974 the SKYWALK 1 and 2 cinemas was playing “THE STING” and “THE GREAT GATSBY” both starring Robert Redford.and rated Pg. There was a sneak preview that night in the theatre that played “THE STING” starring Liv Ullman and Peter Finch. These theatres were MID STATE CINEMAS. It amazes me how many Cincinnati theatre ARE NOT LISTED ON CT. isn’t there anyone from Ohio that can get these theatres on.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm

August 14 1974 “HOMEBODIES” opens rated PG. anyone ever hear of it.

TLSLOEWS on March 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Never heard of it Mike, but I have heard of HOMEBOYS!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

“HOMEBODIES” was a movie,rated PG.looking at the ad in the CINY paper. I can’t remember it either.

SwankyJohn on August 6, 2010 at 11:26 am

I recall the film Homebodies and I saw it at this theater. You can get VHS copies of it on EBay. I remember it being a let down with the exception of the location shots of Cincinnati, particularly downtown and Eden Park.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

The October 15, 1973, Boxoffice article about the Skywalk Cinemas, mentioned in an earlier comment, can now be seen online here. There was also a photo of the theater on the cover of that issue’s Modern Theatre section.

Designed by the Cincinnati architectural firm of Gartner, Burdick, Bauer & Nilsen, the Skywalk Cinemas 1 & 2 was originally operated by Mid-States Theatres. The article failed to report the seating capacity, or to give the opening date.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm

thanks John,so it was shot in Cincinnati,Must have been the only placed it opened.

KingBiscuits on April 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

The sneak preview mentioned was for the film The Abdication. Most likely that was their only pairing as Finch died two years later.

Terren on November 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Correction: Skywalk Cinemas was on Race Street, not Vine Street.

I worked there as a projectionist right out of High School. The skywalk went through that block to Vine Street but Elder Beerman Department Store was on Vine, not this theater.

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