Cincinnati World Cinema at the Garfield
719 Race Street,
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Garfield Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Mid-States Theaters Inc.
Previous Names: The Place, Moviola, Movies, The Real Movies, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Uniquely situated in a building basement, and next door to beloved dessert destination Mullane’s, The Movies (as best known to Cincinnatians) was a long-running repertory theatre. Initially geared as an art house by the Mid-States Theaters Inc. chain when it opened August 28, 1970, it was called The Place. It went independent in 1981 with repertory calendar booking under the name Moviola. The manufacturers of the Moviola editing device threatened to sue months later, and the name was changed to just The Movies.
Where many other repertory theatres failed after a few months, they managed to hang on for about ten years, often securing high-profile premieres of popular art films, until closing in 1991. It reopened later that year, under the name The Real Movies, and managed to squeak out another few years of operation, adding midnight shows of “The Rock Horror Picture Show” to the calendar, until closing again for good in 1997.
The location became the home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and live shows took place there. The auditorium was reconfigured into a 185-seat, thrust-stage performance space. On August 17, 2018 it was renamed Garfield Theatre and began screening movies.
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