Ridge Theatre

6042 Montgomery Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45213

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Previously operated by: Mid-States Theaters Inc.

Architects: Fred W. Stritzel

Firms: F & Y Building Service

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Ridge Theatre

The Ridge Theatre only lasted 20 years in Cincinnati, opening on May 15, 1941 with James Stewart in “Come Live with Me” & The East Side Kids in “That Gang of Mine”. By 1950 it was operated by the Mid-States Theaters Inc. It closed in 1961.

Contributed by Marc Edward Heuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 30, 2009 at 10:52 pm

This house was designed and built by the theater division of F&Y Construction, later known as F&Y Building Services. Boxoffice Magazine of November 9, 1940, reported that construction had begun, and the theater was expected to open by March 1, 1941.

hanksykes on April 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

F&Y Construction used Fred W. Stritzel for this cinema he was out of their Columbus office.

TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Nice photos Bill,sure looks like a closed theatre!

Old_wiz66 on February 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I grew up in Pleasant Ridge and remember the building, but don’t remember it ever being open in my memory.

Corey0219 on January 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

I am with a local community theater group that is very interested in the Ridge Theater – does anyone know who currently owns the property? It is such a shame to see it all closed up.

Ken_Faig_Jr on April 22, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Dann Woellert’s book The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chili (History Press, 2013) has a great contemporary photo (street view with marquee) of the Ridge theater (maybe 1940s)on p. 165. However, if 1941 to 1961 is the correct period of operation for the theater, then Pleasant Ridge Chili (founded 1964) was never next door. But there were probably other places to eat nearby. I wonder how important walking distance access (i.e., “walkability”) was to the success of one-screen second-run neighborhood houses like the Ridge. Later on, convenient parking space became the mantra for suburban theater success.

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