Todd Art Theatre

924 Brown Street,
Dayton, OH 45409

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Previous Names: Sigma Theatre, Little Playhouse, CineVu, Todd Burlesque Theatre

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Todd Art Theatre

The Sigma Theatre opened on September 14, 1922 wit Owen Moore in “Reported Missing”. It was equipped with a Page 2 manual organ. It was closed on March 8, 1964 with “Little Red Riding Hood”. In June 1964 it reopened as the Little Playhouse which closed on November 18, 1965. In August 1966 it reopened as the CineVu. In February 1969 it was renamed Todd Art Theatre which operated as an adult theatre. It was demolished in 1994.

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kjb2012 on August 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

did Mike Todd once own this theatre?

Chris1982 on May 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm

The Sigma was open in 1926.

MovieMad52 on August 17, 2014 at 12:05 am

It was known as the Todd Burlesque Theatre in the 70’s and famous strippers that performed there were Tempest Storm, Morganna and Busty Russell.

dallasmovietheaters on February 6, 2021 at 8:45 am

Robert J. Hirsch opened his Sigma Theatre on September 14, 1922 with Owen Moore in “Reported Missing.” The theatre converted to sound to remain viable. It closed March 8, 1964 with “Little Red Riding Hood.” H&K Theatres Circuit took on the venue rebranding it as the Little Playhouse. The venue played repertory films beginning on June 24, 1964 with “South Pacific.” The Little Playhouse closed on November 18, 1965.

On August 3, 1966, the theatre rebranded as Cinevu sporting Ultra Harveyscope Deep Dimension projection and relaunching with “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Harveyscope was the culmination of a three-year dream of legendary projectionist John Harvey with 40' wide and 12' high screen and a curved screen of ten feet. Charley McCartney managed the venue and his passion for the art of widescreen projection would continue with Dayton’s Neon Cinerama Theatre in the 1990s. Cinevue closed on October 27, 1968.

On February 24, 1969, Emerson Newman formerly of the Ohio Follies on Jefferson, rebranded the venue as Todd Art Theatre / Todd’s Art Theatre with “De L'Amour” and an adult second feature. It rebranded closing as the Todd Burlesk Theatre and Bouzouki Lounge in 1991. The property was sold at Sheriff’s Sale in February of 1992. It appears that it was sold and razed in 1994.

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