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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.
Opening for the season on April 26 with digital projection on both screens.
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.
Disney is trying to raise the rental rates for movies, and the large chains are fighting back by not allowing pre-sale tickets for Iron Man 3. Reports are that AMC & Regal are leading this fight. Late information indicates that Carmike has reached a deal with Disney.
Here is a link to one story
In response to Ron Newman’s request, as of 4/15/13, the building is the same but they have changed the portico.
The picture on the website of the sign is definitely the one from the old Forum theatres. County records show it is still owned by the City of Columbus, and notes owned by the library system. I’ll keep looking.
Glad to see they are making the digital switch. I was worried they would just sell the land and move on. Nice to see Central Ohio keeping its one remaining drive-in.
The address, according to the Rave website, for this theatre is 1071 Gemini Place Columbus, OH 43240. It is located adjacent to the Polaris Mall, not inside as the current address suggests.
I’ve reported this through the Google Map system. I’ve had success before getting things corrected…we’ll see if this works.
According the the Linden Cleve Theater website, the theatre will be holding a COME CATCH THE VISION event on March 16, 2013. “Join us for an exciting day of fun, community and the arts. This celebration of the CLEVE theater’s future promises to be an inspiration to you and the entire Linden community.”
Closing date was 5/2/1959.
Interesting that the article posted in the photo section by dbellis shows an address of 645 W. Goodale. When the theatre reopened in 1946 after a closure, the Columbus Dispatch lists the 649 Delaware address until the final closing in 1950.
In Columbus, SLEEPING BEAUTY opened exclusively at the downtown Hunt’s Cinestage on March 19, 1959, playing with the short subject, GRAND CANYON, and replacing SOUTH PACIFIC. Final date was May 20, 1959, replaced by 80 Days “at popular prices”.
Likely closed during the last half of 1987.
Clark is a true master of that organ. His silent movie is the highlight of the Ohio Theatre summer series. A couple of years ago, the film broke during the performance, and he just kept playing away until the picture came back on. His playing gets better every year, in my opinion.
The Cooper theatres in Denver and Minneapolis ran the composite picture BEST OF CINERAMA in very late 1966. The actual last 3-strip run was during the week of 1/31/67 in Minneapolis. GRAND PRIX was the movie playing at most Cinerama locations at that time.
3-Strip peaked in late July 1963 with 46 locations, most playing HOW THE WEST WAS WON.
(This according to Mike Coate’s listings to date.)
According to COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST newspaper, AMC Entertainment Inc. has committed to $8 million in upgrades to its movie theater at the Dublin Village Center.
AMC spokesman Ryan Noonan said the chain plans to incorporate the “dine-in” service and upgraded seating it installed at its AMC Easton Town Center 30 last year, and possibly a MacGuffins Bar & Lounge like at Easton and its AMC Lennox Town Center 24. The company applied for a liquor license for the Dublin theater in December.
Construction on the renovations will begin in March or early April and should be ready for customers this summer.
(Columbus Business First, 1/24/2013)
I drove by the location today. The building is still there and is now primarily a Dollar General store. The post office is located just at the north end of the building. A portion between the Post Office and the store is for lease.
Oh, I understand now. You were referring to the Google Map, not the Historical Aerial. The Google map is definitely too far east.