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Reopened as SMG Arena Grand on 1/14/2014. All reserved seating. 11 screens, as before.
When this theatre was opened, it was called the AIRPORT INDOOR/OUTDOOR. In later years, it was just AIRPORT DRIVE-IN. I don’t know when the indoor part was removed…the theatre was always listed in the Drive-In section of the newspaper listings. I can find no record that it was ever called AIRPARK.
According to the AMC website, this site is now equipped with an Imax theatre. It is likely in the room formerly designated as a Rave XTreme screen.
I enjoy your commments on Columbus theatres. Please post more if you can.
HISTORICAERIALS.COM has aerial maps of the Columbus area from both 1957 & 1971. The 1971 maps shows the same entrance as the image from 1957 above.
Things sure have changed in that part of town. All signs of the drive-in are completely gone now.
The Gateway does a great job with a great mix of mainstream and alternative programming. There is always something interesting showing at the Gateway, often something that won’t be shown at the megaplexes. The addition of a restaurant from one of our best restaurant developers should make this even a better location.
Michael is the most thorough researcher I’ve ever seen. He works very very hard to make sure the information he prints is correct. He goes after details that many would ignore, such as what city a particular theatre might be located. Some are located in suburbs with names and boundaries that have changed over the years, and he looks long and hard to make the location correct. I enjoy his work and hope he continues with many more projects.
Dolby Atmos sound system being installed in UltraScreen (former Imax) room beginning with “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” on 12/13/2013. Ultrascreen is now named UltraScreen DLX.
Numerous ticketing sites currently show movies playing on 6 screens at this site. (Fandango, Movietickets, Boxofficemojo, etc)
I remember Jerry Lewis promoting the Dome on his short-lived ABC variety show from 1963.
Currently installing Dream Lounger seating and moving to a reserved seat format. Loungers will be installed in UltraScreen to open with “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the re-opening has been delayed until December, 2013.
Now upgraded with power recliners and fully reserved seating. A McGuffin’s Bar is now included.
This is a very nice list, but I would have included the Strand in Delaware, OH, about 10 miles north of Columbus. It has been in continuous operation since 1916.
No studio movies were filmed completely in 15/70, but TITANICA (95 minutes) and AT THE MAX (89 minutes) were feature length. Biggest problem was having feed & take-up platters large enough to handle such large pictures.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR was first a recording released in 1970. It was incredibly popular when it came out and, because the album was so theatrical, there were many groups that just put on productions of it without any permission from the creators. It was some time later that the official versions started to appear. Androy51, your production was most likely in 1971.
Here’s a question for John Sittig if he ever happens this way. Charles Sugarman had Todd-AO projectors installed in the Main theatre in the early ‘60’s. I’m wondering if those projectors were moved to Cinema East when that opened? I don’t believe the Main ran any 70mm after 1962.
Theatre website indicates that 4 of the 8 screens now have digital projection.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, 1500 of the 1800 speaker wires (from pole to speaker) were cut, apparently for the copper. 3 people were seen on security cameras at about 4:30 in the morning. The wire would be worth about $300. The theatre will restore the speaker wire.
According to the December 1959 issue of INTERNATIONAL PROJECTIONIST, the drive-in was equipped with National 70 (Bauer U2) 70mm projectors.
Thanks for that information, John. Articles from BOXOFFICE indicated that Morse Road had 70mm equipment, but I could never find any 70mm releases that played there.
Did you know they ran 70mm at the Main?
The theatre opened in 1977 and closed in 2000. Official name was AMC Westerville 6. Address was 94 Westerville Square. It was located at the west end of an enclosed mall just north of I-270. It was made up of 4 small rooms and 2 larger ones. One of the larger rooms ran a 70mm print of TOP GUN. Projection equipment was located on the main floor with mirrors used to project above the heads of the audience. This was the first AMC theatre in Central Ohio.
Now owned by Cinemark.
According to the Gateway Film Center Facebook page, Lizz Lessner, a very successful local restaurant developer, will be working with the Gateway to develop a new food-service concept to open at the Gateway around July 1, 2013.
According to Columbus Business First, Cinema Movie Grill is keeping 11 screens but decreasing the seating from 2,000 to 1,200. They are spending $3.6 million on the renovation, which is expected to open in late August or September. They are installing a full commercial kitchen on the main floor, and plan on expanding the bar area on the second floor to include restaurant seating.
This could do very well in the Arena district. There are many hotels in this area and many business people in town for conventions or other business might be interested in a nice dinner and movie within walking distance. I could also see using some of the smaller rooms for client presentations, followed by a meal or a movie. Food and beverage quality will be key to the success of this new venture.