317 East Fifth Street,
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Architects: Harry Hake
Functions: Special Events
Previous Names: UFA Theatre, Universum Film Aktiengesellschaft
The UFA Theater was built within the Taft Theatre complex in 1931 by local architect Harry Hake as a movie house to show only German films for the large German population of Cincinnati. There are three auditoria within the Taft Theatre complex; a general auditorium for the public which has housed legit touring road shows since its inception in 1928. At the same site also in 1928 was constructed the Shrine Temple for use by the Masonic Order of Cincinnati and seats more than 2,000. The Taft Theatre seats about 2,500. All three of these theaters are located at 317 East Fifth Street.
The UFA Theatre operated without a hitch until we got ourselves involved with the Second World War at which point the UFA changed its name to Mayfair Hall and began to screen American travelogues and art films, ceasing its connection to the German film studio Universum Film Aktiengesellschaft.
Today, Mayfair Hall still exists but does not show films, as it is used a meeting hall one can rent and even an occasional wedding is performed there.
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