April 3rd, 2009
03:02 PM ET

'Rain Man' hotel shuts down

CNN’s Larry Shaughnessy sends us the following news:

Cincinnati's Vernon Manor Hotel, once host to presidents, movie stars and rock legends, is permanently closing its doors.

The hotel, perhaps best known to fans of the movie "Rain Man," shut down "due to current market conditions," according to a statement on the hotel's Web site.

Aside from the stars of the Oscar-winning movie, the Vernon Manor's guests have included the Beatles, John F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks and Hall of Fame baseball manager Sparky Anderson.

It was also frequently used by families of patients of the numerous hospitals close by the Vernon Manor.

In the movie "Rain Man," Tom Cruise's character takes Dustin Hoffman's autistic savant character to the hotel while he fights for custody and a huge inheritance. It was at the Vernon Manor where the early scenes of the movie, where Cruise's character first learns the difficulty of caring for a person with autism.

A call to the hotel reached a recording that directs would-be visitors to a hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

Cincinnati's mayor told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he tried to prevent any attempt to tear down the hotel, modeled after a grand English manor.

The hotel first opened in 1924.

- From CNN’s Larry Shaughnessy

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