I’m looking for a theater or to lease a screen in the Columbus, Ohio area.
The only empty theatre I know is an 8-plex on the far west side. It is very close to the new casino, however. There is a 16-screen REGAL about 5 miles away and a 10-screen Starplex about 7 miles away.
This is the location:
General Cinema mid-80’s build.
There are a few very old single screens in town, but those are not areas that would support a cinema.
I would have suggested the Clinton, but it has been demolished.
Is The Forum (3 screens), just east of Eastland Mall, still standing? Or the two abandoned AMC multiplexes north of the mall?
Cleve Theatre, in Linden — supposedly someone is trying to revive it
Garden Theatre in the Short North — anyone know what’s happening with it? This would seem to be an ideal location for an entertainment venue, a short walk from OSU
Hudson Theatre would need a huge amount of work
Main Theatre was for sale at one point; it had been converted to medical offices
Putting a theatre in either the Main or Hudson site would be a total waste of time. No way those areas would support a theatre.
The Garden would be a possibility and an arts-friendly area, but parking would be a real hassle down there. You would have to solve the parking problem to succeed.
Thanks, Ron, for reminding me of The Forum. A nice little 3-screen facillity that seat a couple of hundred each. Don’t know about the condition of the building though…it has been empty a long time.
The Columbus west side is becoming increasingly Hispanic. Running films aimed at that audience might do well at the old Westland.
Whether an area would ‘support a theatre’ depends a lot on what kind of entertainment you put into it. Make it interesting enough, and different from what is performed elsewhere in the city, and you can draw an audience from all over. (See the Lincoln Theatre, for instance.)
It’s not just the theatre…its the surrounding area and what is happening there. The area around the Lincoln used to be a very bad place to be at night…now, much effort has been made to correct that and, with the proximity to the King Arts center, it is succeeding. The area around the Main is an extremely high crime area…one of the highest in the area. No theatre, no matter how interesting the programming, will succeed there unless there is improvement to the entire area. You must work with the entire community, not just the theatre, to have any type of success.
Historic Newberry Theater for sale about an hour outside of Columbus.
Where? Can you link to its page here (or elsewhere)?