Watching Movies - A Look At Then And Now

Jul 21, 2015

Opened on August 1, 1941, the 20th Century Theater was the first air-conditioned theater in Cincinnati. Closed in 1983, the venue reopened in 1997 as 20th Century Productions, home to concerts and private events.

Today when Greater Cincinnati movie-goers want to catch a feature film they can head to one of the local multiplexes, a smaller art-house theater or even an IMAX. Or they can just stream a movie to their flat-screen TV or smart device. But there was a time when seeing a movie in Cincinnati meant a trip to the Albee, the Shubert, or one of the other dozen-plus theaters downtown, or to one of the suburban movie houses like the Covedale, the Mount Lookout Cinema, or the 20th Century in Oakley.

Joining us for some history on Cincinnati movie houses, and a look at some of today’'s films, are Nick Pinkerton, a film programmer and freelance journalist; and Larry Thomas, film critic and movie programmer. 

Nick Pinkerton was in Cincinnati last week to take part in “The Mini”-Microcinema film exhibition at People'’s Liberty. “The Mini-Microcinema,” by local artist/filmmaker Jacqueline Wood, will be on display at People's Liberty Elm Street storefront through September 11, 2015.