Joe and the kids

Joe and the kids

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Getting together for Mother’s Day – at the Northgate TGI Fridays, no less (formerly the “Prime Wine,” remember that?) – I took my three nieces and two cousins on a little “walk” around the parking lot. Here we sit in the former drive-through of a bank that was converted into a theater some 20+ years ago for the former Loews Northgate Cinemas (where I worked the summer after I graduated from Colerain High School in 1992).

In the photo, left to right, is niece Krissy (a twin), niece Kailey, cousin Rhianna, niece Cory (the other twin), nephew Connor, cousin and godson Henry Cole and me.

Turns out the theater, which re-opened as a discount, two-run theater with some first-run movies (and I think private ownership) a few years ago, has closed again.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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