20th Century Theater
3021 Madison Road Cincinnati OH 45209
With much splendor, the 20th Century Theater opened on August 1st, 1941. Owner Willis Vance selected the 20th Century Fox Production “Blood and Sand” as the premiere. This grand opening marked many firsts for the 20TH Century Theater – first air conditioned theater in Cincinnati, one of the first fire proof buildings, and first free valet parking. Designed by Fred W. Stritzel in the Neoclassical Moderne or Art Moderne style, 20th Century reflected the fluidity of society in the post Art Deco period. The original design was not only for appearance but for improved and perfected acoustics, something little considered in previous theatre designs.
Many feature movies, with all the biggest stars, adorned the big screen at the 20th Century until 1983 when the theater was closed, a victim of the multi-plex theater that spelled the demise of the neighborhood theater.
On October 23rd, 1997, 20th Century Productions was born, focusing on Special Concert Events and Private functions. On December 1st, 2010, history was made yet again as the tower of the 20th Century Theatre lit up Oakley Square for the first time in 30 years.