Skywalk Cinemas

505 Race Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Previously operated by: Loews Cineplex

Firms: Gartner, Burdick, Bauer & Nilsen

Previous Names: Skywalk 2

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Skywalk Cinemas

Opened on May 23, 1973, the Skywalk Cinemas were located on Race Street in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, a short walk from another beloved theatre, the Place Theatre (Real Movies Repertory Theatre). They were best known as the longtime home for weekend midnight screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

The theatre, along with all other buildings at this corner, were torn down for the Fountain Square West building project. A Lazarus department store building was built on the site. It too has since been demolished.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

“HOMEBODIES” was a movie,rated PG.looking at the ad in the CINY paper. I can’t remember it either.

SwankyJohn on August 6, 2010 at 11:26 am

I recall the film Homebodies and I saw it at this theater. You can get VHS copies of it on EBay. I remember it being a let down with the exception of the location shots of Cincinnati, particularly downtown and Eden Park.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

The October 15, 1973, Boxoffice article about the Skywalk Cinemas, mentioned in an earlier comment, can now be seen online here. There was also a photo of the theater on the cover of that issue’s Modern Theatre section.

Designed by the Cincinnati architectural firm of Gartner, Burdick, Bauer & Nilsen, the Skywalk Cinemas 1 & 2 was originally operated by Mid-States Theatres. The article failed to report the seating capacity, or to give the opening date.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm

thanks John,so it was shot in Cincinnati,Must have been the only placed it opened.

KingBiscuits on April 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

The sneak preview mentioned was for the film The Abdication. Most likely that was their only pairing as Finch died two years later.

Terren on November 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Correction: Skywalk Cinemas was on Race Street, not Vine Street.

I worked there as a projectionist right out of High School. The skywalk went through that block to Vine Street but Elder Beerman Department Store was on Vine, not this theater.

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 4:37 pm

May 23rd, 1973 grand opening ad in photo section

dallasmovietheaters on February 26, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Opened as a Roy S. White theater May 23, 1973 and closed as a Loew’s cinema on Jan. 6, 1991.

Dan on February 15, 2021 at 9:48 pm

I remember “Homebodies”. The TV commercials played off the “filmed in Cincinnati” angle. One of my teachers saw “Homebodies” and said it was just her and her daughter in the theatre. I guess it wasn’t Star Wars :)

Nessa on June 27, 2023 at 3:24 pm

Lazarus is long gone now, too.

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