Carousel Cinemas

8000 Reading Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45237

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Mid-States Theaters Inc., USA Cinemas

Architects: Mel C. Glatz, Tom Tilsley

Firms: Mel C. Glatz & Associates

Functions: Auto Showroom

Previous Names: Cine Carousel

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Cine Carousel - Cincinnati, OH

The Cine Carousel was opened by Mid-States Theaters Inc. in 1968. It was a single screen theatre with 860-seats and was equipped to screen 35mm & 70mm films. It was taken over by USA Cinemas in 1985. In 1988 they were taken over by Loews who closed the Carousel Cinemas in July 1990. It was reopened by American Cinemas, a investment group that includeed Cincinnatian Robert Siegel and Daytonians Sandy Gerber and Lenny Peal in January 1991. Carousel Cinemas was closed in 1994.

By 2023 it was occupied by Auto City Cinci, a low priced used car dealership which offers warranty and financing options.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Mark_L on May 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

The Carousel Theater was constructed after the Carrousel Motel. Architect was Tom Tilsley, who worked for the same firm that designed the motel.

Now, to the question…why was the theatre CAROUSEL and the motel CARROUSEL?

meheuck on July 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Perhaps the motel operators had some sort of legal claim on their spelling of “carrousel,” and the theatre operators wanted to still try to piggyback on the perceived popularity of the motel, so they went to the single-r spelling.

hanksykes on April 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Carousel was built in 1968,was twinned in 1970,later closed in Aug. 1999. Twas re-born as Carousel American Cinema on Jan.18,1991 being run by Misters Segal and Baum,but was finally finished for good in 1994.

cincyfilmman on February 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

This had to have been the NUMBER ONE PLACE IN THE CITY TO SEE any 70mm FILM!!!! I remember seeing The Right Stuff here in 70MM and between the super clear image and superb 6 track sound it was the most ineradicable, film showings I had ever seen. I think what really added to it was the curved screen in the main house. Off hand does anyone know who wound up with the equipment that was in the booths before the theater was demolished?

myka1319 on March 20, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I remembered my family went to see Alien in 79 The most terrifying experience i’ve had in a theater. It was great ! I also remember seeing Dick Tracy in 90 with a Trailer of Die Hard 2. In early 92 it was briefly turned into a second run theater, I remembered seeing The last boyscout there.

John Whitley
John Whitley on November 16, 2013 at 8:39 am

Who remembers the exclusive showing of EARTHQUAKE in Sensurround? Waiting in the long lines in the lobby, we felt the vibrations all the way out to the candy counter!

cholt on October 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

My first inside theater I remember going to: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I also saw Superman: The Movie and Animal House. In its later days, they had Hitchcock and Woody Allen film festivals.

blgwc on October 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Saw Close Encounters when it opened there. And Barry Lyndon.

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm

October 29th, 1968 grand opening ad in photo section

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm

November 23rd 1971 grand opening ad for the 2nd screen in the photo section.

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