Hunt's Cinestage Theatre

217 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH 43215

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Proton on April 23, 2005 at 2:31 pm

I recall the really hot movies showing there exclusively so if I wanted to see one I had to go to Hunt’s. Problem was I hated the place. I have long legs and when sitting for any time, cross them, usually by putting my right anle onto my left knee. This was for some reason forbidden at Hunt’s even thought I never had a problem with it at any other theater. And usher would come down the aisle, flash a light on me and make me sit through the movie with both feet flat on the floor. So it was wait until the picture eventually appeared elsewhere or suffer through it in discomfort. And I was VERY careful not to scuff the back of the seat in front of me.

timcall on August 28, 2004 at 2:45 pm

i was the projectionist at the cinestage from 1968 to 1971 ,it was a hard ticket house running 70mm untill patton which fox was afraid to make to many 70 prints in case it flopped!i look back on working there as a privilege ,as was personally knowing mrs. hunt

Randall on April 18, 2004 at 9:07 pm

Hunt’s Cinestage was originally known as THE HIGH ST.THEATRE, THE LYCEUM and then THE UPTOWN. It was not a large house (around 500),but hosted “road shows” like Around the World in 80 Days, Spartacus, Sweet Charity, etc. I remember the interior had a lot of blue. It was located next door to the Chittedan Hotel.

moviemad4life on April 18, 2004 at 8:20 pm

The Hunt family operated this theatre and the Hunt’s McCook in Dayton, Ohio. When the elder Hunt passed away, his wife ran the Cinestage and his daughter and son in law ran the McCook. The Cinestage was closed in 1972 upon the retirement of Mrs. Hunt.