Bethel is a village in Clermont County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,711 at the 2010 census. Bethel was founded in 1798 by Obed Denham as Denham Town, in what was then the Northwest Territory. Bethel is the home of the first movie theater in Ohio which was founded in 1908 by Aaron Little.
Bethel was originally called Plainfield, and under the latter name was platted in 1798. The town site was replatted in 1802 under the name Bethel. The present name is after Bethel, a city in the Hebrew Bible. A post office in Bethel has been in operation since 1815. Bethel, along with other townships in the tri-state area near Cincinnati, has been a target for Ku Klux Klan membership and recruitment.
Bethel gained national attention in June 2020, when opposing advocacy groups clashed and Black Lives Matter demonstrators became the victims of acts of violence from the counter-protesters, some carrying guns. The local protest, a part of the larger George Floyd protests, attracted counter-protesters from outside of Bethel, including several motorcycle gangs, Back-the-Blue groups, and Second Amendment advocates.