These Greater Cincinnati Theaters Are Using Their Marquees to Send Encouraging Messages

Theaters, along with all other non-essential businesses, have temporarily closed across the state amid Gov. Mike DeWine's orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These symbols of entertainment and nostalgia within their communities — a few over a century old — have begun using their marquees as a way to display informative, uplifting or lighthearted messages to the public. Even shuttered theaters, like Over-the-Rhine's Imperial Theater and Bellevue's Marianne Theater, have joined in and offered a guiding voice within their neighborhoods. Two Northern Kentucky theaters mirror Gov. Andy Beshear's statements, "Andy says flatten the curve;" Esquire Theater's message reads, "could be worse, could be raining," a comically ironic message after a rainy few days last week; a shuttered theater in Over-the-Rhine, Imperial's heartfelt sign reads, "be kind, wash, pray. U, me, we strong. I love you;" and Oakley's 20th Century Theater rejoices after sign-ups for their April 1 blood drive filled up in just 72 hours.
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Esquire Theater
320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
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Esquire Theater
320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
Esquire Theater
"Could be worse, could be raining"
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Esquire Theater
"Could be worse, could be raining"
Madison Theater
730 Madison Ave., Covington
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Madison Theater
730 Madison Ave., Covington
Madison Theater
"Wash your hands y'all""Andy says flatten the curve"
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Madison Theater
"Wash your hands y'all"
"Andy says flatten the curve"
Marianne Theater
607 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
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Marianne Theater
607 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Marianne Theater
"Andy says flatten the curve"
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Marianne Theater
"Andy says flatten the curve"
Imperial Theater
280 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
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Imperial Theater
280 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
Imperial Theater
"Be kind, wash, pray. U, me, we strong. I love you."
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Imperial Theater
"Be kind, wash, pray. U, me, we strong. I love you."
20th Century Theater
3021 Madison Road, Oakley
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20th Century Theater
3021 Madison Road, Oakley
20th Century Theater
"We the people are very cool. Hoxworth blood drive filled up in 36 hours."
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20th Century Theater
"We the people are very cool. Hoxworth blood drive filled up in 36 hours."