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Mark_L commented about AMC Grove City 14 on Jan 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Riverside Auto Drive-In on Jan 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Pappyroehrer, 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.

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Mark_L commented about Gateway Film Center named Columbus' best on Jan 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about Film Anniversaries celebrated at The Digital Bits on Dec 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Crosswoods Ultrascreen Cinemas on Dec 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Cherokee Phoenix Theatres on Dec 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Numerous ticketing sites currently show movies playing on 6 screens at this site. (Fandango, Movietickets, Boxofficemojo, etc)

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Mark_L commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Nov 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I remember Jerry Lewis promoting the Dome on his short-lived ABC variety show from 1963.

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Mark_L commented about Crosswoods Ultrascreen Cinemas on Oct 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm

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”

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Mark_L commented about Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the re-opening has been delayed until December, 2013.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Dublin Village 18 on Oct 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Now upgraded with power recliners and fully reserved seating. A McGuffin’s Bar is now included.

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Mark_L commented about Orbit's Ohio favorites on Oct 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Newport Music Hall on Sep 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Aug 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Screens at the Continent on Jul 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Theatre website indicates that 4 of the 8 screens now have digital projection.

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Mark_L commented about South Drive-In on Jul 14, 2013 at 7:50 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about Twin Drive-In on Jul 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm

According to the December 1959 issue of INTERNATIONAL PROJECTIONIST, the drive-in was equipped with National 70 (Bauer U2) 70mm projectors.

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Mark_L commented about Loew's Arlington on Jul 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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?

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Mark_L commented about AMC Westerville 6 on Jun 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about Polaris 18 + Extreme on May 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Now owned by Cinemark.

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Mark_L commented about Gateway Film Center on May 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand on May 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand on May 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about South Drive-In on Apr 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Opening for the season on April 26 with digital projection on both screens.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Grove City 14 on Apr 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

As of 4/20/2013, very little has been done to re-brand this theatre. It will take a lot of work to remove RAVE from the building, as the outside shows RAVE in very large block letters and all of the side-lighting in the theatre has “Rave Theatres” name and logo.

The large room is still called the “Xtreme Screen”. THX trailer is shown, though the theatre has never been listed on the THX website.