Before the nightly news brought current events into our homes, people used newsreels—or short films shown in movie theaters—to record the world around them and stay up to date on the news of the day. In Cincinnati, Union Terminal’s historic Newsreel Theater provided a way for passengers to catch up on world events between trains—particularly during the Terminals’ heyday in the 1930s and 1940s. During the month of October, Cincinnati Museum Center will share a selection of historic newsreels and media from the collections of the Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Clips include footage from the 1930s onwards and cover a variety of historical topics, including World War II, events of popular interest, and Union Terminal itself. Guests can experience these “world recordings” as Union Terminal passengers would have in the historic Scripps-Howard Newsreel Theater. Newsreel Theater is free and open to the public; admission is required for museums, featured exhibitions, and Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater.
Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Alfred Fellheimer, Stewart Wagner, Winold Reiss, Pierre Boudelle, Paul Cret, and Maxfield Keck, West Wall of Concourse, Looking Southeast, Cincinnati Union Terminal, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, 1933. Photograph, 4 x 5 inches. Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, HABS, Reproduction number HABS OHIO, 31-CINT, 29-25
Cincinnati Museum Center: Newsreel Theater
1301 Western Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45203 (513) 287-7000
Free to the Public