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The theatre is on the second floor of the Easton “Train Station” which sits at the center of this large entertainment complex, which features shops, live comedy presentations, and many fine restaurants. If you might want to buy it, someone in the Easton area will want to sell it!
Theatre has 13 screens in the far left and right sections, with the 4 largest screens in the center.
The IMAX unit is in one of the larger rooms, #14. The screen is typical for the MPX 3-D units designed for a standard multiplex, about 50' wide. Sound quality is very, very good. The room still has its 35mm projector.
This is a very high grossing theatre, with people coming from all over Ohio to shop and be entertained. Presentation quality is usually very good.
One oddity about the place is that it was originally built without water fountains.
I don’t know of any major release they have not played.
According to a source at RAVE, they have pulled all 35mm equipment from all of their theatres.
All digital projection as of late summer, 2007. One screen equipped for 3-D digital projection.
Standard AMC 24-plex, with 10 screens left, 10 screens right, and the 4 largest screens in the center. All rooms have digital sound, originally all SDDS with a few Dolby Digital and DTS in the larger rooms. Not sure of the current set up.
One moderate sized room has digital projection equipped for 3-D.
Many of the rooms have Torus screens.
Located within sight of the Ohio State University football stadium, this theatre does an excellent business with the college students. A bus runs from campus to the theatre and its adjoining shopping center.
Called the LENNOX because this location used to be a plant for Lennox heating and cooling equipment.
One of the largest grossing theatres in the area.
Moved to a new ownership in late June, 2007.
Dolby Stereo installation books from the 80’s list this theatre as having 70mm equipment. This was an error in the Dolby book, which I confirmed with Glen Ackerman a number of years ago.
Theater is tied up in a political mess. Don’t expect any activity there in the near future. I’ve heard the place is cleaned up but totally empty.
One large room and 9 smaller ones. Some rooms do not have digital sound.
This theatre was built on the cusp of the stadium seating era, and was built with that in mind. Because of this, the screens are quite high and there are some awkward viewing angles. No real improvements since construction.
This is, however, the only first run theatre in the fast growing western part of Franklin County (Central Ohio).
A similar “price war” is going on in far-north Columbus Ohio. A Rave 16 and a Marcus 17 have a $6 evening rate. This has been going on for some time. Both are well run operations with excellent presentations.
In the Columbus, OH area, two far-north theatres have been running $6 evening shows every day for some time. The Marcus Crosswoods began this, and it was followed by the Rave 18. These theatres are within 5 miles of each other. Both show only first-run films. The Rave now has 12 DLP units, including one with 3-D capability.
The theatre a few blocks east of the Main was the Eastern, not Eastside. It was a very nice place in its day. I remember some type of statuary located down near the screen.
I teach at Eastmoor Academy (High School) and most of our students go to Easton or the 16-screen Cinemark in Gahanna. It is easy to get to Easton from the east side, either using 670, 270 or right up James/Steltzer road.
Cinema City was put up by the same dollar chain that built a place just south of Westerville. I think it was called SuperSaver. Super Saver had cheap admission, but some of the highest concession prices around.
Most development in the Columbus area is moving north. East side until you get to Reynoldsburg/Pickerington is pretty dead.
Westland 8 was a basic 80’s style General Cinema building, with 2 wings holding 4 screens each coming off of a common lobby. 2 of the theatres in each wing were equipped for Dolby Stereo. Theatre added Dolby EX in the largest room for THE HAUNTING. Nice, but nothing exceptional.
Regarding screens in the Columbus Ohio area:
The Linden-Air may still be there, but that is in an area that has been in decline for some time. I would NOT recommend anyone reopening it.
As for other closed theatres in the area, there is a 14=plex originally Regal, then Marquee on the far east side near Reynoldsburg. Again, not a growing area. The Marcus in Pickerington takes all the business.
I heard that the owners of Studio 35 (www.studio35.com) were interested in selling. That would require a very hands-on owner. A very interesting place to see a fil.
jbels, I very much LIKE the Gateway, as I really dislike the Arena Grand. I don’t like the extremely wide rooms and short auditoriums. There are fewer “prime” seats on the center line, and, if one has to sit close, one of the WORST screen views I’ve ever had. I sat through RETURN OF THE KING in the front row (no option…house full), and came out with severe neck pain from the almost 60 degree angle. I also find the sound there to be very dry and lifeless.
I like the Gateway, and I will go back. Jeff and Kathy Frank are ideal for this location as they understand the Columbus market and have long and successful experiences with the distributors. The fact that they landed the exclusive opening of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN over the AMC monster-plexes shows they know how to get the films.
Now, Drexel guys, if you see this, PLEASE check that projector in #2. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN looked like it was having an earthquake. Some of the worst vertical instabillity I’ve ever seen. This in not acceptable in a new location.
This theatre is located very close to an extremely busy AMC 24-plex that is available to Ohio State Students via free bus, so booking will be very tricky.
Building was torn down and a tile store was built in its place.
This theater definitely has 17 screens. 8 on the left side, 8 on the right side and 1 in the middle where the IMAX equipment used to be. The Marcus website is not correct.
Here’s a real oddity about this theatre:
In the fifties, this theatre was unable to show 3-D films because the projection booth ceiling was too low to allow for the larger reels.
My source for this is a former manager, Charles Van Fossen.
I think you are mixing up the ARENA GRAND downtown with the DREXEL GRANDVIEW. The OSU games and other attractions are shown at the ARENA GRAND next to Nationwide Arena. To my knowledge, Grandview has never shown an OSU game.
Palace is still operating as a live venue. Information on current shows can be seen at www.capa.com
Organ was removed many years ago and is now located in Worthington High School. Worthington is a suburb on the far north side of the city.
A very nice theatre. One of first 2 theatres in Columbus with Dolby Stereo (w/Cinema East for original STAR WARS). Used corner rear speakers instead of along sides. One of the first theatres with stadium style seating in the Columbus area.
That is one of the funniest ads I’ve ever seen. If 50' is “half a city block”, then they have some mighty small blocks! And I’m sure the note of using Zeiss Favorit projectors just packed them in!!!
Here is some additional data on Cinema East.
The theatre opened on September 1, 1965. A radio broadcast was made of the premiere (I remember listening to that on WBNS radio!). The first picture was LORD JIM. On 10/13/65, the theatre opened THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES.
The theatre was built and owned by Charles Sugarman from its opening to approximately November 1, 1980, when it was sold to Chakeres Theatres.
The final screenings were on January 8, 1990 with the film HARLEM NIGHTS.