Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas
4100 Salem Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Loews
Architects: Leon Seligson
Previous Names: Kon-Tiki Theatre, Kon-Tiki Cinemas 1-2-3, Salem Avenue Cinemas
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The Kon-Tiki Theatre was built in 1968 by the Samuel Levin family. It had a South Pacific Polynesian décor which included giant conch shells for restroom sinks, illuminated Tiki faces on the façade, volcanic rock and abalone shells built into the walls. I believe it even had real Tiki torches on the sign in front of the theatre.
The theatre was opened on August 23, 1968 with “The Odd Couple”. It was operated by the Levin family until they leased it out to USA Cinemas on May 14, 1987. They remodeled the theatre, which lost most of its original decor and it became the Salem Avenue Cinema 1-3 in the late-1980’s. Last operated by Loews, it was closed on January 31, 1999 and sat vacant until January 4, 2005. The Levin family donated the theatre to the city of Trotwood, which in turn demolished it to make way for future development.
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