125 N. Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.
Firms: Schenck & Williams
Previous Names: Dayton Theatre, Loew's Dayton Theatre, Palace Theatre
The Dayton Theatre opened on May 4, 1918 with the movie “The Re-making of a Nation”. It was the classiest of all the Dayton movie theatres. It was acquired by Loew’s Inc. in 1920 and from 1924-1930 was known as Loew’s Dayton Theatre and from 1930 to 1972 Loew’s Theatre.
It was a really cool theatre. It had a big oval mezzanine that was open to look down into the lobby. The balcony had more seats than the orchestra level! I watched a lot of Disney movies growing up in the 1960’s then went on to see concerts such a Phoebe Snow, Lou Reed, and George Carlin in the 1970’s. My grandmother gave me a table that was in the upper level lobby that has a mirror top and painting on the side.
I remember it being very plush. In the women’s restroom they had about ten chairs in front of a big mirror for primping and lots of velvet chairs throughout the theatre.
On February 9, 1972 Loew’s sold the building and it was taken over by the owners of the Victory Theatre across the street. Re-named Palace Theatre it was used for concerts, but this was short lived and it closed on September 28, 1975 and was demolished in October/November 1975.
News reports at the time stated that an office block would be build on the site which would include two theatres on the ground floor, but this never materialised and the site remains an empty lot, used for parking.
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