Theater in southwest Ohio survives for 101 years

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati theater that featured silent films when it opened in 1911 has managed to survive through world wars, the Great Depression and competition from mega-plex cinemas.

The Esquire Theatre marked its 101st birthday Saturday after also surviving a fast-food restaurant chain's attempt to take over its location a year after the theater closed in 1983. The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports neighborhood residents took their fight against the restaurant chain to the Ohio Supreme Court and won.

The theater reopened in 1990 with Esquire investors taking full-time jobs to staff the concession stand and clean the theater.

The theater owned by 34 investors now shows independent, low-budget and commercial films. It also features a bar and an art gallery.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,

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