Monte Vista Theatre

6214 Montgomery Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45213

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Previously operated by: Mid-States Theaters Inc.

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Monte Vista Theatre

Operating since at least 1927, this was your classic neighborhood theatre in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. It was equipped with Kilgen 2 manual 4 ranks organ. It played films after exclusive runs in the downtown theatres, a little bit of everything from Bond to Disney. By 1950 it was operated by the Mid-States Theaters Inc.

It began its decline in the late-1960’s, and by then was featuring double bills and the occasional X-rated film. Sometime in 1971 or 1972 it switched to showing X-rated films, but neighborhood protests ended that policy. In 1973 it briefly returned to screening 2nd-run double features. Soon after it closed and was demolished to became a parking lot.

Contributed by Brian Gordon

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musicformovies on February 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm

This theater was operating at least since 1927. A Kilgen 2/4 Organ was installed in the Monte Vista Theatre in 1927.

hanksykes on February 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Manager in 1929 was Elmer A. Shard, it seated 750 patrons.Mr. Shard probably owned the Shard Th. later in the decade.

meheuck on February 28, 2023 at 4:25 pm

In a story on adult businesses in The Cincinnati Post on June 22, 1973, it states that the Monte Vista had been shut down by a Common Pleas Court order on November 1, 1972. Sometime later in 1973, the theatre reopened and returned to second-run double features.

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