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Mark_L commented about Palace Theatre on Sep 24, 2005 at 11:31 am

Palace is still operating as a live venue. Information on current shows can be seen at

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.

Mark_L commented about Raintree Cinemas on Sep 23, 2005 at 12:51 pm

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.

Mark_L commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 27, 2005 at 12:32 pm

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!!!

Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Aug 22, 2005 at 6:45 pm

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.

Mark_L commented about Northland Cinema on Aug 18, 2005 at 7:10 am

The reconstruction of the Northland theatre by Vaud-Villities refers to the parking lot 8-plex, not the one in the mall. Aside from the old Lazarus store, the mall was demolished.

Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Aug 17, 2005 at 5:06 pm

Just remembered the managers name in the early ‘80’s…Jeff Montgomery. Nice guy. He worked for the Drexel for awhile, and then I lost track of him.

One of his great moments was running films for the cast of BRUBAKER, which was filmed east of Columbus. Much of the cast stayed in hotels around the theatre. He told me he ran a 70mm print of ALIEN for the cast and crew because Yaphet Kotto was in the cast of both films.

Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Aug 17, 2005 at 5:03 pm

OK…the e-mail link works now.

One of the reasons to look at microfilm is that much of the information one might be looking for is in ad copy, not articles.

Some of the highlights in Cinema East history include:

a sneak preview showing the THE STUNT MAN with Richard Rush, Steve Railsback and Barbara Hershey in attendance. (This was a couple of years before the film was released.)

ALIEN in 70mm…first 70mm film in years. Mr. Sugarman was very proud to be selected for that one.

THE CAR in magnetic stereo (just joking about that one…a bad but fun film..bad hiss in the surround system on that one)

Dolby Stereo engagement of STAR WARS…second Dolby install in the city. Process wasn’t very stable at that point…took me five times to finally hear it correctly.

ONE FROM THE HEART in 70mm. One of the few 70mm engagements of that film. Ran for about 1 week. Film was framed at 1.33 (or 37, whatever), but the sound was exquisite. Film ran there because a local theatre had one of the best runs in the country of that film.

OKLAHOMA in 70mm, 30fps. They even got the curtains working for that one. A wonderful experience. 30fps DOES make a difference.

Some not so nice moments include a very weak surround system (this was before surrounds became standard, remember…even in 70mm films the surrounds were rarely used) and the mis-splicing on a sneak preview on the last INDIANA JONES film with 2 reels spliced in tail first…900 VERY angry people on that one.

Off topic, there are a number of large screens in Columbus, including the UltraScreen at Marcus, the large rooms at AMC Lennox and Easton and the large rooms at ARENA GRAND. I don’t know the largest, possibly the Ultrascreen. The new RAVE theatre has some very large screens, also, but I haven’t seen an entire film there.

I’m taking a guess, here, but I think the move to Chakeres came around the release of EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Aug 17, 2005 at 11:52 am

900 is correct…it wasn’t as big as it seemed. It wasn’t fan shaped like some of the other larger places…the walls came straight back from the screen. DAYTON MALL I was 1100 seats, and it was MUCH bigger in size than Cinema East.

The balcony was rather small…only 6-7 rows. I was able to sit there one time, and the view was outstanding.

Saw JAWS there from row 7…scared me half to death!!!

Oh, and Mr. Coate is correct: I have delved into the microfilm room at the Columbus Library for research. Reminds me I need to go down and check out why RETURN OF THE JEDI did not play in 70mm in Columbus!!! Let me know if there is anything specific you are looking for. I’ll try to fix my e-mail address.

Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:08 am

The screen wasn’t much bigger than 50', which goes to show you how small the screens used to be at the “shoebox” theatres.

Opening was with LORD JIM, so it was probably 1965.

Glad you saw LOA in 70mm…that is the only way to see that film. One of the great movie experiences!

Mark_L commented about Loew's Morse Road on Aug 17, 2005 at 7:22 am

There WAS and still IS a Southland Mall. It is located on South High Street opposite Great Southern Shopping Center. I’m not surprised you have never heard of it…it’s pretty small.

Southland was a small enclosed mall with a grocery store on one end and a Gold Circle (a now-defunct discount store) on the other. The theatre sat in the middle. 3 screens, one fairly large and the other 2 smaller, with mono sound and basic amenities.

I don’t believe Loew’s ever installed a Dolby stereo unit in any of its theaters.

The mall is now the home of an online charter school and a flea market.

Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Aug 15, 2005 at 7:43 pm


Charlie Sugarman sold the theatre to Chakeres probably around the early 80’s. They maintained the theatre fairly well, eventually installing a 70mm Dolby unit. Until then, special non-Dolby 70mm prints had to be sounded for Cinema East and 1 or 2 other older theatres in the country.

Columbus Public Library has a full set of Columbus Dispatch on Microfilm back to the 1800’s!

Lawrence of Arabia was one of the last things there. The presentation quality dropped substantially in the last couple of years.

Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Aug 15, 2005 at 1:33 pm

Cinema East, located in the eastside Columbus suburb of Whitehall, was opened by Charles Sugarman, a local exhibitor (He also had a 2 Screen CINEMA NORTH and, for a short time, a 3 screen in Grove City.)

In its opening years, Cinema East played roadshow engagements, such as Magnificent Men and their Flying Machines. It installed Dolby Stereo for the first STAR WARS film (35mm only), and played 70mm prints of most major 70mm releases beginning with ALIEN. It also played some of the more obscure 70mm releases, including a short run of ONE FROM THE HEART. The theatre also ran the 30fps print of OKLAHOMA for 1 week.

The theater featured 2 Norelco AA-II projectors and a basic 6-channel sound system. Presentation was normally outstanding.

The lobby was quite small with one of the smallest concession stands I’ve ever seen. There was a balcony, but it was rarely open.

The theatre was demolished and the Social Security office is in a new building.

Mark_L commented about Northland Cinema on Aug 10, 2005 at 5:30 pm

Ron, I may be completely mistaken about this, but I think Eastland and Northland used that hexagonal logo as an interior decoration.

Northland Mall cinema was located at the East end of the mall toward Sears. It had a very small lobby area. Room was simply cut in half for twinning.

Northland was originally an open mall.

Mark_L commented about Polaris 18 + XD on Aug 7, 2005 at 8:05 pm

This theatre is located in southern Delaware County, one of the fastest growing areas of the country. It is also the only theatre close to the giant Polaris Mall and shopping area.

With only the Crosswoods 17 to the south as competition, this theatre will draw from a very good area. I expect it to be successful.

Mark_L commented about Clinton Theatre on Aug 7, 2005 at 7:58 pm

Development of the block has fallen through. The appliance store has moved away, as have some of the other tenants. No news on what is going to happen there has been released in some time.

Mark_L commented about Crosswoods Ultrascreen Cinemas on Aug 7, 2005 at 5:13 pm

Marcus replaced the Imax equipment with 35mm and renamed the room the UltraScreen. Screen is same width as before (about 65' of active screen) and the height is cut about in half from the Imax height. Image and sound quality are quite good for a large 35mm screen.

The actual number of theatres in this location is 17.

Mark_L commented about Loew's Morse Road on Aug 6, 2005 at 9:06 pm

Loew’s Westerville was built as a single screen, then twinned. The Loew’s Southland was always a triplex.

The location of Loew’s Morse Road is now a tile store. The theatre building was demolished before building the new structure.

Mark_L commented about Great Western Cinema on Aug 6, 2005 at 9:03 pm

Although the shopping center is at West Broad and Wilson, the theater itself was at the far north end at the corner of Wilson Road and Valleyview Drive.

The Great Western Shopping Center is very large for an old unenclosed mall.

Mark_L commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 16, 2005 at 8:31 pm

I’m getting slightly off-topic here, but it relates to NAPOLEON.

I saw the film in Columbus OH, which was the second presentation after RCMH. The film was presented with live orchestra.

The film was shown using 5 projectors. Two temporary units were brought in for the great majority of the film. Those were placed in the 2 spotlight ports of the theatre. The final reel was projected with the 3 house projectors in sync. The house projectors were definitely 35mm, as this theatre never was equipped for 70mm.

I would be curious if RCMH used 5 machines during this presentation.

I believe the next screening with live orchestra was in Syracuse.

I’m not totally sure about this fact, but I believe Boston Light and Sound was a contractor on this job.

Mark_L commented about Drexel Theatre on Nov 12, 2004 at 3:52 pm

Before being tripled, the Drexel was equipped with Magnetic Stereo, which it put to use over the many years with (among others) Fantasia, Rollerball, Damnation Alley and Guys and Dolls. In the early ‘80s, the Drexel ran a very successful 3-D festival using 2-strip projection.

The main auditorium maintains much of the original room, with 2 very much smaller theatres off to the rear of the house. The larger room has digital sound.

Mark_L commented about Town & Country Cinema on Nov 10, 2004 at 2:09 pm

A typical bland GCC house of the late ‘60’s. It did have the blue shadowbox screen, but that was the only distinctive thing. Was twinned, as stated, with a wall down the middle. Dolby was never installed here…only mono sound.

Mark_L commented about Livingston Theatre on Aug 14, 2004 at 11:57 am

This was my neighborhood theatre while growing up. I lived two blocks away. Just a normal neighborhood with nothing particularly special. I did see lots of good movies there, though.

In its later theatre days, it converted to soft porn with live strip shows.

Mark_L commented about Northland Cinema on Aug 14, 2004 at 11:40 am

Ran Norelco AA-II style projectors. Did have 70mm capability, and played many in early days. Played a mag-stereo version of Tommy. Split in two with a wall right down the center. Seemed very dated when it closed, replaced by 8-plex with one THX room.

Mark_L commented about Town & Country Cinema on Aug 14, 2004 at 11:38 am

A generic blue shadowbox GCC theatre. Twinned later in life. Nothing special.

Mark_L commented about University City Cinema on Aug 14, 2004 at 11:37 am

This was a generic, blue shadowbox GCC house. It was twinned in the ‘'80’s. It was one of the first theatres in the area with Dolby Stereo. Did play at least 2 of the Sensurround films (Earthquake and Rollercoaster.) Local GCC office may have been located here.

Now an Applebees.