Clinton Theatre

220 Madison Street,
Port Clinton, OH 43452

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Previously operated by: Associated Theatres

Functions: Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Clinton Theatre

Opened on June 12, 1947 with Gregory Peck in “The Macomber Affair”. It was located on Madison Street near 2nd Street, the late Streamline Moderne-style Clinton Theatre originally seated 1,200. It closed in 1970, but was reopened in 1975. It finally closed on January 6, 1980 with Burt Reynolds in “Starting Over”. The building today is used for retail.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 24, 2007 at 9:48 pm

The current occupant is Ohler & Holzhauer Plumbing Supply. See page 11, item 19 on the history tour for a description of the theater:

MaxFrost on November 26, 2007 at 5:41 pm

I grew up in Port Clinton and most of my memories there were of this theater. I really miss it. In the 60s it was run (owned?) by the Deal family. In the early 60s the programs changed twice a week. Sun-Tues, then Wed-Sat. The first movie there ever to be held over for a second week was BILLY JACK. It was local news!

A beautiful inner lobby with mirrors and posters of coming attractions, ornate bathrooms, and wide auditorium. The only drawback I remember was the concession stand which operated in an open area in the back of the theater and could be quite noisy

davidreese on January 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I remember going to a movie at the Clinton theater one weekday night about 1976. I was there for the 8 PM showing. I waited for the movie, but the management decided to cancel the film.

You see, I was the only patron in the theater. Sad!

Movietechson on February 20, 2012 at 4:29 am

I remember the clinton well even though i was a small child, my father managed the theatre and the drive in theatre in port clinton for years. I remember the day the owners decided to close it down, i was sitting there watching a Disney movie when a portion of the roof caved in about 7 seats away, and that was a deciding factor. I was totally afraid to help my father open the place, because he had to fire up the boiler every night, and when that beast fired up it rattled the building, that and the trains. I have pictured buried somewhere in storage, when i discover them ill post them.

ClintonTheaterUsher on October 7, 2013 at 3:11 am

In 1960 and 1961 I worked as an Usher during my junior and senior years at PCHS. Elmer Pigney was the Manager at that time. My salary was $0.50 per hour. I took tickets, cleaned up the spilled popcorn, and disciplined the rowdy kids, especialy during the Saturday matinee. Friday night was the busiest night when the guys would bring their dates. I loved the movie “Psycho”, the John Wayne westerns, and the Alford Hitchcock movie “The Birds”. Don Bennett and I took turns changing the letters on the theater marquee. We had to climb a 20 foot step ladder to change the letters, which I remember was very dangerous in the winter when it was windy and the sidewalks were icy. Great memories! Robert Corey

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

The July 11, 1947, issue of The Film Daily noted the opening of this house:

“Clinton Dedicated

“Port Clinton, O. — Clinton Theater, 1,200 seats, recently completed at a cost of $225,000, was officially dedicated to Associated Theaters, Inc., of Cleveland.”

dallasmovietheaters on March 2, 2021 at 7:33 pm

The Clinton Theatre launched June 12, 1947 with Gregory Peck in “The Macomber Affair.”

dallasmovietheaters on September 9, 2021 at 10:30 am

The theatre was closed by its owner in 1970 but Armstrong Theatres Circuit of Bowling Green relaunched it in 1975. The theatre was closed permanently following the showing of Burt Reynolds in “Starting Over” on January 6, 1980.

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