Dayton Arcade Week – Library Exhibit, Virtual Screening & Documentary Premiere

Dayton Arcade Week – Library Exhibit, Virtual Screening & Documentary Premiere

With the first phase of the restoration of the Dayton Arcade nearing completion, we have partnered with the Dayton Metro Library and Cross Street Partners for a week-long celebration of the history and future of the iconic Dayton Arcade that culminates in the premiere of our new documentary, Dayton Arcade: Waking the Giant.

Starting November 10, an exhibit of the Dayton Arcade’s rich history will be on display at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third Street. The exhibit, featuring memorabilia from the early history of the Arcade and the Save the Arcade campaign, will be on display through February in the Dayton Room on the Main Library’s second floor. The photographs, art and artifacts can be viewed in the windows of the Dayton Room. Visitors who wish to go inside the room should call the library at 937-463-2665 to schedule a time for their visit due to COVID-19 precautions.

“We’re pleased to host this look at the Arcade’s grand past,” said Special Collections Manager Jamie McQuinn. “The Dayton Room is home to hundreds of vintage photos of the city of Dayton, and the Arcade has long been one of its greatest gems.”

Next we will host a virtual screening of the first part of Dayton Arcade: Waking the Giant on Thursday, November 12, at 7pm. RSVPs should be sent to by Wednesday, November 11. Then, on November 16, at 9pm, we will premiere the first part of the documentary on ThinkTV16 and on the PBS Video App.

“The Dayton Arcade documentary is a story that reflects the hope, resilience and future of the Dayton community. Capturing this story while this transformation has been happening behind historic walls has been nothing short of a privilege for our team to work on,” ThinkTV President and CEO Kitty Lensman said.

Excitement is stirring in anticipation of the reveal of the Dayton Arcade’s transformation. Cross Street Partners oversaw this massive project from the beginning and have worked to ensure that the historical beauty has been preserved while maximizing functionality.

“Cross Street Partners, Model Group and McCormack Baron Salazar are working to recast the building in much the same way it was initially developed in the first decade of the 20th century — with a mix of retail, offices, event space and apartment housing. The first phase of the project, the South Arcade, will consist of an innovation center with the University of Dayton as a higher education partner in addition to a 110-unit residential LIHTC and market rate development for artists and creative entrepreneurs. The second phase, the North Arcade, will include a shared commercial kitchen program, a marketplace retail and restaurant environment, and micro-lofts or hospitality user space,” said David Williams, senior director of development of Cross Street Partners.

Learn more about Dayton Arcade: Waking the Giant at