Columbia Music Hall demolition
PORTSMOUTH, OH — Following an arson fire in Nov 2007, the nearly 100 year old Columbia Music Hall will be demolished. Despite a valiant effort by the owners, the city powers that be erected obstacles to the effort
As a last resort, the Scott Family offered the remaining structure to an arts organization so that it would be able to qualify for grants.
At last report, the front facade will also be brought down despite the relatively undamaged portions of the lobby and balcony.
When the Columbia Music Hall reopened in 2007 following years of renovations and private investment, the family friendly performance facility had averaged 500-700 people on Friday and Saturday nights. Alcoholic beverages were not sold.
Scott said that something smaller may be built on the site, but until then has stated he will exercise first amendment rights and put a grave marker on the space.
For additional details and pictures, go to the Huntington News.