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Closed as the Knickerbocker, a second run downtown theatre, on 9/15/1946. Reopened as Gayety Burlesk on Friday, November 22, 1946, featuring Mitzie…“Pretty as a Picture and a Frame to Match” in Hello Columbus, also featureing Nadine, Paul West, Bartel & Scott, Zeb and Mandy and the California Sunkist Chorus.
Featured “Painless Prices~~Bring the Ladies, They’ll Scream!”
By “College Cinema” the article must be referring to the University Theatre across from Ohio State. In the 50’s, the Camelot North was known as the Beechwold and the Carousel East was the Esquire. Academy theatres also owned the Cleve, Southland and Westmont.
There was a College Cinema much later in the Boulevard theatre at Northwest and 5th.
The land was purchased on 2/24/2000 for almost $600,000. There are no buildings on the property, just some blacktop from 1965. Use is listed as for churches/public worship.
This theatre opened on July 14, 1950 with the films RED RIVER and EVERYBODY’S DANCIN'.
Opening ownership was Frank Yassenoff and Harold Schwartz. This was their second drive-in.
Opening picture was BRUTE FORCE with Burt Lancaster.
Opened April 2, 1948
Property Sales History
(Denotes property owner, not necessarily theatre owner):
4/19/1950 — Marie H MacDonald & Jean M Maynard
3/13/1956 — Jean Maynard & Dean A. MacDonald
10/15/1970 — L & H Theatre Corp.
2/24/2000 — Rhema Christian Center (A church located at 2100 Agler Road)
I don’t see any record that this was ever owned by the Schottenstein family.
Contemporary newspaper listings show this theatre at 1750 Cleveland Avenue.
Address of the Riverside Drive-In was 5800 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH 43017. From looking at the map, it looks like I once had an apartment just about where the concession stand/projection booth would have been located!
Correct address for this theater is 340 North WIlson Road
Ran 3-strip CINEMIRACLE presentation of WINDJAMMER opening March 14, 1961.
The name of this theatre should be SPRINGDALE, not SPRINGFIELD.
This theatre was NOT part of the Rave purchase, and does not appear with other Ohio locations on the Rave website. It is still (as of March, 2010) owned by National Amusements. Rave already owns a theatre in West Chester about 6 miles away.
(Source: Cincinnati Business Courier, 10/22/09)
While the original plans called for 20 screens, the theatre opened officially on 12/11/1998 with 18 screens.
The theatre was built in 2 stages. Construction of 10 screens was begun in 1997, and completed in late spring 1998. At that point, the original Showcase Springdale site was torn down, and the 10 screen theatre opened. They then constructed the additional 8 theatres, opening 18 screens as noted above.
The theatre opened as the Showcase Springdale 18, becoming a Cinema de Lux in 2004. This included an Imax MPX installation in one theatre, and the designation of some other rooms as “Director’s Halls”.
Sources: Springdale Ohio Zoning Board minutes and National Amusements Press Release (12/11/1998)
The actual zip code for 8000 Reading Road is 45237. Google maps will not find this address if you use 45202.
Congratulations on your 50th.
I remember a time in the early ‘60s when I went to a film at the Livingston Theatre and the film had not arrived. They had to get the film with the Esquire. There were a couple of delays, but, eventually, we saw the whole film.
Could you explain exactly what you mean by “bicycling”?
Cincinnati Mills is about 3 miles west of Showcase Springdale. I believe it is of 1990’s vintage.
Mike Coate is right on this one…the prestige theatre was the Showcase Springdale. The original Springdale was a very fine theatre, running many 70mm features. It was torn down in the last few years to be replaced by an 18-plex Showcase “Cinema de lux”.
posted by retroguy on Feb 14, 2010 at 8:35am
1938 photo from the John Williamson collection
posted by retroguy on Feb 14, 2010 at 8:31am
“The auditorium interior included "Hollywood” themed murals on the side walls. These murals were removed to the Indianola Theatre (aka Studio 35) and installed in reverse (left mural on right wall, etc.) where they remain today.“ — Cinematour
posted by Chuck1231 on Jan 31, 2010 at 8:53pm
The Cleve opened in 1940 and at that time it was operated by MacDonald Theatres, Academy Theatres took over operations in 1945 and reamined the operators until it closed in 1964.
posted by ken mc on Jan 31, 2010 at 7:45pm
The Academy Theaters chain ran this theater in 1948. Owners were leo, Betty & Milton Yassenoff.
posted by Lost Memory on Jun 12, 2009 at 8:56pm
Does that mean that this theater was still open at that time?
posted by ken mc on Jun 12, 2009 at 8:28pm
The Cleve was listed in the Columbus city directory in 1961:
posted by MarkL on Feb 22, 2009 at 6:57pm
Sadly, knowing that part of town, it is likely to stay boarded up. That isn’t a very safe place to be after dark.
posted by ZookieFreddie on Feb 22, 2009 at 5:49pm
As of February 2009 the building is still there, vacant and boarded up just like in the picture.
posted by Ron Newman on Feb 10, 2008 at 2:54pm
It’s sad to see a building like this abandoned rather than converted to some other use.
When was this last a theatre? I do not remember ever seeing advertisements for it when I lived in Columbus (1968-75).