Washington Square Cinema

6151 Far Hills Avenue,
Dayton, OH 45459

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Previously operated by: Chakeres Theaters Inc.

Functions: Retail

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Washington Square

Bob Mills opened Washington Square Cinema on July 10, 1964. Before he would open Cinema Centre later that year. Mr. Mills would later sell Washington Square Cinema in 1979 to Chakeres Theatres in 1979. Chakeres Theatres closed Washington Square Cinema in October 1989. A sandwich shop is now in its place.

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southernlandthief on November 29, 2006 at 3:44 pm

Saw “Kagemusha”, “Time After Time” and “The Return of the Secaucus 7” at this theater back in the late 70’s. Stop in and say “Hi” to Carrie at the sandwich shop, she used to go to movies at this theater all those years ago.

ZookieFreddie on February 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Please, are there any photos?

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on May 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Hey gang, I just got back from the Dayton Amateur Radio Convention. This is what I saw. There is no way that the Jersey Mike’s Subs building is or ever was a 400 seat single screen theatre. It’s way too small and way too new. I talked to a friend who watched movies up there frequently and he said the theatre was unassuming, but across the street in the Washington Square Shopping Center between the still existing upscale grocery store and a place called “Upper Crust”.

brentworkster on December 21, 2016 at 8:44 am

I used to usher there for Mr Mills on the weekends, worked for his wife at the Dayton Mall (3-4). Typically ran more art movies there, seemed much more clean and classy for lack of a better word. Lots of foreign language films, Fellini / “City of Women” stands out. Theater was indeed in the shopping center, next to what is now a Dorothy Lane Market, not across street.

Orion33 on April 9, 2017 at 10:18 am

Intimate & comfortable cinema that I miss. Saw many mainstream films there such as WHAT’S UP DOC & THE TURNING POINT. It wasn’t until the late 70’s, early 80’s that the cinema seemed to focus more on foreign films. I recall sitting through a riveting showing of the Alain Resnais film, PROVIDENCE. Also saw THE TIN DRUM & FELLINI’S CITY OF WOMEN among others. When the end came, it wasn’t totally unexpected. I remember going to several films and being the only one in the audience.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 30, 2018 at 1:20 pm

An article in the 8/17/1975 edition of the Dayton Daily News puts the address as 6151 Far Hills Ave which would make the theatre map on the other side of the street.

dallasmovietheaters on February 6, 2021 at 5:50 am

Washington Square Cinema launched July 10, 1964 with “The Three Musketeers.” It closed on September 25, 1988 with “A World Apart.”

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