Queen Anne Theater

2911 Colerain Avenue,
Cincinnati, OH 45225

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Queen Anne Theatre 2011

Built in the 1890’s for vaudeville. The Queen Ann Theater was opened as a movie theater on August 30, 1913. Simple neighborhood house with some stud bulb lighting. The lobby had an early ice cream parlor attached to it. There must have been some local vaudeville since the structure still retains a stagehouse. The Queen Anne Theater was closed in 1956 and gutted to create its current business which is the Three Rivers sheet metal shop.

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shonemig on September 26, 2007 at 3:10 pm

I work at Three Rivers Sheet Metal and we would love to see what the Queen Anne looked like when it was still a theater. There is still alot of the original plaster molding on the walls and the ceiling. The screen is still hanging and intact with the adds printed on the back and all. Although I have never seen it unrolled for we fear we would never get it back up again. So if anyone reads this and has pictures of the place please e-mail me at and let me know.

hanksykes on November 26, 2007 at 4:20 pm

An article from the Cincinnati Enquirer dated Oct. 24,1989 in their,“Extra Magazine”,gives the closing year of the Queen Anne Theater as 1956.The former theater was sold by Joe O'Brien to sheet metal shop owner Earl Elliottt in 1974.Apparently the Queen Anne was built in the 1890’s for vaudeville.Queen Anne had been run by Garland Jones for years as a cinema.

falfa421 on January 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I have been searching online for this theater because my parents have an old antique novelty weighing scale that they purchased about 30 years ago and the scale has a recording paper that came with it and a key. The key opens the penny dispenser on the back and the recording paper lists the amount of pennys that were retreaved and the date. But the date doesnt list the year. I was trying to find out more about the scale and noticed that on the recording paper it says that the scale was owned and used by the “Queen Ann Theatre” on Colerain in Ohio. After reading the posts I am curious as to how old this scale is and I would love to see any pictures of the Theater if anyone has any. Believe it or not, the scale still works and will tell you your exact and correct weight after you add a penny to it. Email me if anyone knows how I can learn what this scale is worth and how old it is. Or email me if someone has a picture of the theater. Thank you, email –

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on August 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Light wasn’t the best today. I’m going to get back some time in the AM and see what things look like.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on March 15, 2011 at 8:58 am

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Pretty impressive pic of the Queen Anne, closed, but with the sign still up.

dallasmovietheaters on April 5, 2020 at 2:36 pm

The Queen Anne Amusement Company opened this theater on August 30, 1913. At the helm was Joseph G. Shakespeare whose wife ran the concession stand. Movies were a nickel as was the popcorn. The Shakespeares went on to Waldorf Amusements to operate the National and the Freeman theaters. After they left during World War I, it was run by an ambitious 19-year old, Laurence Bueche, Jr.

Beuchele added the Queen Anne Airdome in the property adjoining the theater seating 732. The Queen Anne opened and closed as a 750-seat house. It was offered for sale after closing in 1956. The facility became a sheet metal factory.

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