Kenton 3 Theatre

221 W. Franklin Street,
Kenton, OH 43326

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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.

Architects: Peter M. Hulsken

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: Schine's Kenton Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 419.673.3125

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Kenton Theatre ... Kenton Ohio

Built for the Schine’s Circuit Inc. chain the 1,200-seat Kenton Theatre opened in September 1929. Designed in a Spanish Colonial Atmospheric style, the Kenton Theatre once featured murals painted on the auditorium and lobby walls, which unfortunately, were lost over years of neglect.

In 1993, the Miller family, owners of the M.E. Theatres (which also include the Ada Theatre, in Ada, Ohio, the Elder Theatre, in Jackson Center, Ohio and the Hi-Road Drive-In, also in Kenton) acquired the decrepit Kenton Theatre and began to rebuild it.

The balcony was divided into two-115 seat auditoriums, while the main floor seats 400. All new seats replaced the old ones, and the Kenton Theatre was repainted, re-carpeted and given new air-conditioning, electrical and projection equipment as well.

In 1995, the Millers had a new marquee installed to recreate the 1930’s era marquee which had long since been removed.

Today, the Kenton 3 Theatre screens first-run features.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 24, 2009 at 7:37 pm

A view from 1929 just prior to the opening of Schine’s Kenton Theater in Kenton, Ohio.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 24, 2009 at 7:54 pm

A view from 2008 of theKenton Theater in Kenton, Ohio.

richardg on April 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I believe the Kenton and the Ada are both for sale. I’m not sure about the Hi-Road Drive-in. I believe the listing broker is Century 21 —sorry I didn’t write the number down but it should be easy enough to obtain

rdoitmiller on September 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Yes both the Kenton Theatre & the Ada Theatre are for sell. Contact Becky Neville Century21 at 419-634-0021

rdoitmiller on December 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

The Kenton Theatre is still for sale. Contact Becky Neville Century21 at 419-634-0021.
The Ada Theatre has been sold.

rdoitmiller on December 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

On Oct 2 2012 the Kenton Theatre turned 83. The current owners have owned it since 1993.
The Kenton is still for sell for info

rdoitmiller on March 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Aug 2013 The Kenton Theatre was Sold to new owners.We ran it for 19 years.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Schine’s Kenton Theatre opened in September, 1929, according to the October 5 issue of Motion Picture News.

atmos on July 28, 2021 at 12:51 am

Architect was Peter Hulsken.

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