965 Miamisburg-Centerville Road,
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Previously operated by: National Amusements, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Functions: Youth Center
Opened in 1982 across the street from Cinema Centre. The first and only Dayton cinema to also have a video store inside. Sold to UATC then was to be sold to Loews. After Chakeres plans to sell out to National, Loews backed out of the deal. In 1989 it was sold to National Amusements.
Used as an overflow for older movies that had a run at Dayton Mall and then used as a mixed-use art house it was closed in 2006. Gutted for use as a recreation center.
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This cinema was originally built and run by Litchfield Theaters, from South Carolina. A few years later they also opened the Middletown multiplex across from the Towne Mall. Opening films were in mid-Dec 1982; Tootsie (on 2 screens) Peter Pan Still of the Night Dark Crystal Rambo
The “video store” concept was originally the arcade/game room off to the side of the lobby and was converted to capitalize on the popularity of the VHS explosion of the time. Later converted to offices during National Amusements ownership.
Litchfield was a great company to work for – they had a 401k for full-time employees. (not just mgmt)
This opened on December 17th, 1982. Grand opening ad in the photo section.