Dayton Mall Cinemas

2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Road,
Dayton, OH 45459

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Previously operated by: Chakeres Theaters Inc., National Amusements

Functions: Retail

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Dayton Mall Cinemas

The Dayton Mall Cinema was opened December 25, 1969 with Dustin Hoffman & Mia Farrow in “John and Mary”. It was equipped for 35mm & 70mm projection and had seating for 1,100. On August 4, 1972, the 500-seat Cinema 2 was opened upstairs near the food court. Cinemas 3 and 4 opened in 1979 across from Cinema 2, and Cinemas 5-8 were opened in 1984, outside the mall in the rear. Chakeres Theaters Inc. sold the cinemas to National Amusements in 1988.

Cinemas 2, 3 and 4 closed in 1993, 5-8 closed in 2000, and the original cinema closed in January 2001.The Cinema 2 is now a bookstore, cinema 1 is C.J. Banks, 5-8 is now apart of Old Navy and 3 & 4 still remain behind a wall after over a decade.

Contributed by Danny Davis

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

MovieMad52 on April 29, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Nope. It was Chakeres. Century opened Page Manor as its only venture in Dayton which they operated shortly handing the to Holiday Amusements in Cincinnati.

robboehm on April 29, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Thanks. It would be nice if someone could find pictures of the Page Manor in the day.

brentworkster on December 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

I worked at these theatres for several years, in the 80s, remember them fondly. Was there for the opening of the 5-8 theaters in the back, remember hiding mop buckets as people were walking in (construction and cleanup was going on right til showtime). No pool on roof, although I remember going up there with one of the Chakere’s managers to check the AC when Cinema 1 got hot one nite. Remember Rocky III was a monster, theaters 3 and 4 both ran nonstop for weeks, never not full, Empire Strkes back was an all Summer beast…

rivest266 on March 31, 2018 at 11:56 am

This opened on December 25th, 1969 with one 70MM screen. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on April 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

2 screen in Early 1972

Mark_L on June 12, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Dayton Mall 2 opened on 8/4/1972 with BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE. There were 70mm screenings in this theatre.

Mark_L on February 8, 2021 at 4:51 pm

A complete list of 70mm engagements at these theatres is available at the In70mm website

Madman007 on April 11, 2021 at 8:39 am

I will never forget seeing the original Superman in 1979 there. A few years later in 1985, we went to see a sneak preview of Back to the Future there. It was packed and people laughed and cheered together. (the crowd stood up and cheered when Dad McFly punched out Biff) It was the best movie experience I will ever have.

Bowman78 on April 14, 2021 at 7:19 pm

Started my working life at these theatres back on July 14, 1978. They hired me to work “The Swarm” at Cinemas 3 & 4. Two weeks later, they transferred me downstairs to Cinema 1 for “Hooper”. Actually worked at Cinemas 5-8 before hanging up the ‘ticket taker" job for good. Lots of fond memories of these Dayton Mall movie theatres.

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