West-End Family Theater

738 State Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Styles: Beaux-Arts

Previous Names: National Theater

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West-End Family Theater

Managed by and perhaps owned by Mr. and Mrs. Shakespeare, this early nickel house did great Charlie Chaplin business.

Contributed by hanksykes

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Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on September 6, 2009 at 10:10 am

I think this is the correct building. Not the same as the State Theater, which I also visited today.

Joeallen on October 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Yes, that is the correct building. I have a pic from our County Auditor’s web site here. View link

Joeallen on October 27, 2010 at 1:52 am

Yeah, the State Theatre was on Central Ave. which is several miles from Warsaw Ave. The State was still open when I was a kid. The State Theatre was in the section of Cincinnati called the West End. Warsaw Ave. is in a totally different neighborhood called Lower Price Hill. I have no idea why it was called the West end Family Theatre. But that one was before my time. I am still trying to find a pic of the Victor Theatre while it was still in operation but no luck as yet.

hanksykes on January 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

This cinema was also known as the National Thneater in earlier days,those were silent flicks then. So the above blogs are correct ,there were seperate cinemas called the State nee National on 8th Street and the State Th. on Central Avenue. Even earlier was a legitimate live drama theater on 3rd st. called The National in the 1880,s which played all the nationally named actors, it had as its slogan ,“Old Drury”, (a refrence to the famous Drury Lane theater in London,England ).

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