Americus Theatre

4026 Hamilton Avenue,
Cincinnati, OH 45223

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Americus Theatre, Cincinnati in 1916

The Americus Theatre opened in 1911 and was owned by Mrs. J. Carlin. Seating was given at 592. It was later operated by Associated Theatres of Cincinnati. The theatre was closed on June 28, 1953 with Sterling Hayden in “Kansas Pacific” & Lucille Ball in “Too Many Girls”. It was used as a church from 1956 to July 1960. It was demolished in 1961.

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hanksykes on December 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

This venue had also been part of the Henry Levy local chain,the Huss Family ran it just prior to closing. It was in Northside Cincinnati, and had as close neighbors 2 movie theaters known as Liberty and Park.

meheuck on December 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Hank, how well do you remember Northside theatres? My dad recalls there being about 2 or 3 theatres in the area, and so far we’ve narrowed down the Park (Alpha Fine Arts) and the Americus, the latter he id'ed from its proximity to the now-closed Crazy Ladies Bookstore on 4039 Hamilton. He insists there was another theatre across the street from the Park/Alpha. Was that the Liberty? I looked up Liberty in Ohio, and there aren’t any listings in the Cincinnati area, can you help?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2011 at 4:49 am

The Americus Theatre at 4026 Hamilton Avenue was mentioned in The Moving Picture World of February 12, 1916. George F. Hornung was the proprietor. There’s a photo of the Americus in Dann Woellert’s book Cincinnati’s Northside Neighborhood (Google Books preview,) and the caption says that the house was built in 1911 and demolished in the early 1950s.

meheuck: There was a Liberty Theatre opened at 3938 Spring Grove Avenue in 1909, but Woellert’s book says that it closed in 1929 and became the Liberty Chili Parlor. I don’t know if your dad is old enough to remember a theater that closed in 1929. The Liberty does not appear to be listed at Cinema Treasures yet.

hanksykes on April 16, 2012 at 8:04 am

Try the Liberty Th. site for wonderful interior pics of the interior (now) used and beautifully maintained by the Deaf Club Of Cincinnati,Ohio

hanksykes on December 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

According to Motion Picture Herald of march 6th,1937 Americus suffered $3,500.00 damage caused by the Ohio 37 Flood. They had recently spent $12,000.00 to refurbish this venue compounding their expenses. Neighboring Liberty Th. endured the same fate with water up to it marquee top.

hanksykes on March 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Hello Chuck, What a grand sight to see an early shot of the Americus Th.

roadvike on December 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

Park Theater was up the street across from Northside chili. Northside chill still there and open.

dallasmovietheaters on March 18, 2020 at 2:36 pm

(Despite what sources say) The Americus Theater was demolished in 1961 – not in the early 1950s or 1950. That also times out with 50 years of leasing cycles which seems about right for the new-build theater.

All 700 seats were sold in a salvage sale early in 1961 along with the air conditioning unit and a variety of other items. The final films shown was a double-feature of “Kansas Pacific” and “Too Many Girls” on June 28, 1953. Also, the theatre was used as the site of revival shows and sermons by the Evangelistic Temple in 1956 to July of 1960.

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