Entertainment meets local history this summer at the Ohio Theatre, where hour-long tours are being given before screenings in the theater's summer movie series. The first of three tours will be given Saturday.

Entertainment meets local history this summer at the Ohio Theatre, where hour-long tours are being given before screenings in the theater's summer movie series. The first of three tours will be given Saturday.

The Ohio Theatre was built in 1928 as a Loew's movie house. It was designed in Spanish-Baroque decor and had its own orchestra and theater organ, plus a stage for the wildly popular touring vaudeville shows of the day.

Your tour includes details on the preservation and renovation of the theater, which was in danger of demolition in the late 1960s but was saved by a grassroots campaign. Visitors also will be treated to live demonstrations of the original 1928 "Mighty Morton" organ. Tours are free, but space is limited and reservations are required.