Loew's Ames Theatre

4115 N. Main Street,
Dayton, OH 45415

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Previously operated by: Loews

Functions: Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Ames Theatre

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Loew's Ames Theatre

The Ames Theatre was a beautiful neighborhood theatre which opened December 8, 1949, across a driveway from the Northtown shopping center on N. Main Street. It was opened by an independent operator and ran the theatre until around 1967, when, as the story goes, the theatre was sold away from his family due to the marriage of the son who married outside the religion.

The theatre was bought by Loew’s and they remodeled the theatre in a green, purple and blue motif. The theatre played big first runs and had exclusive Dayton runs of “The Graduate” and “Romeo and Juliet”, to name a few. Loew’s then split it by putting a wall down the middle of the auditorium for the twin, leaving the small screens at the front of two narrow auditoriums.

Loew’s seems to have lost faith in the operation and turned the theatre sub-run at an 80 cent admission. On May 26, 1988, Loew’s closed this theatre, and it became a camera shop.

Contributed by Jerry Young

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

CSWalczak on September 19, 2010 at 3:43 am

“Green, purple, and blue motif” ? Apparently then Loew’s used this bilious color scheme for more than one of their theaters then. Loew’s East in the Cleveland suburb of Richmond Heights had the same decor, and if memory serves, the green was more like chartreuse and purple more like lavender. I guess it was “mod” when these color scheme was used, but boy, did it quickly look dated and dumb.

TLSLOEWS on September 26, 2010 at 12:48 am

They most likely bought a lot of those colors paint and had to use them somewhere.Just a joke!Maybe.“MOD MOTIF”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Pretty plain,dull looking theatre to me .No jazz.Thanks for the pictures.

MovieMad52 on December 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

After Loews purchased the theatre, a remodel took place with new seats, curtains and carpet. The color scheme was green, purple and blue. It was pretty jazzed.

MovieMad52 on April 5, 2014 at 12:39 am

It was my first theatre job, in a tuxedo as an usher on April 25, 1969 and the movie playing was ROMEO AND JULIET. I also worked Loews Downtown at the same time. Theatre business was such much better than.

dallasmovietheaters on February 6, 2021 at 9:00 am

Loew’s Ames Theatre closed on May 26, 1988 with “The Seventh Sign” and “Three Men and a Baby.”

Cjxzoic1970 on September 5, 2021 at 4:22 pm

This building in 2021 is being renovated to be leased in late fall. The new owners talked about possibly a furniture store or yikes a Casino! Any investors out there interested in restoring it as a cinema again??? It would be awesome as a classic theatre possibly a playhouse!

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