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 (http://cin.ci/Us8ShI ) 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, http://www.enquirer.com