Cinema X

910 Race Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Cinema X

This retrofitted theatre from a tire store in downtown Cincinnati opened in 1971, it showed edited versions of X-rated movies. Cincinnati, being the conservative town that it is, raided the theatre and the operator reopened, awaiting trial, with complete versions of X-rated movies. The theatre remained opened until the end of the trial where the theatre was found guilty of showing obscene material. The theatre closed on January 12, 1972 and the location later became a blood bank.

Today, a law firm operates from the building.

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Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

hanksykes on April 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Looking further at the City Directory of Cincinnati, I find Cinema X listed at 902 Race Street in 1972 and 1973, probably a numerical misprint, but the theatre did operate between 71 and 73.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Boy, For a conservative town CINEMA X was not shy about newspaper ads. August 9 1974 at the CINEMA X 2 all new X rated films. No titles given. Shows started as early as 10:00 am.and ran until midnight. It was located in Newport, Ky. Kentucky should be as conservative as Southern Ohio.

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2010 at 6:42 pm

The law firm is at 910 Race. 909 Race is the Yum Yum restaurant, but it looks a little small to be a theater.

hanksykes on January 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Hello Mr. Rogers I’m afraid you have confused the Cinema X in Newport ,Ky. with the Cinema X in Cincinnati.,Ohio. They are two different cinemas which are not connected to one or the other. The Cinema X in Cincinnati,Ohio was at 910 Race Street and today that is a law firm. The Yum Yum Restaurant is still located on the opposite side at 909 Race Street in Cincinnati,Ohio.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Geez, I thought Cincinnati was like Atlanta,You don’t even think of the hundreds of little towns,it is all Cincinnati.How far apart is Newport? across the river?

TLSLOEWS on March 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Now thats truth in advertising!!!

hanksykes on March 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Thanks Cinema Treasures we now have the proper building with the stripped awnings which was the former Cinema X showing in the street view.

dallasmovietheaters on February 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Cinema X was fined $400 a day beginning in December of 1971 for showing adult films. The theater was padlocked by local officials on January 11, 1972 and was in the news over legal battles for a year as locals then seized assets and ordered an auction of the theater contents in 1973. The city of Newport, KY contacted Cincinnati officials to rid that city of their Cinema X. But the First Amendment proved to be honored in Kentucky mores than Southern Ohio and the Newport finally was bought out of existence a full ten years later by the city.

meheuck on February 28, 2023 at 4:31 pm

According to an article in The Cincinnati Post about adult businesses published on June 22, 1973, this Cinema X location was closed on January 12, 1972, by the Common Pleas Court, and its assets auctioned by the county to pay off the fines.

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