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Mark_L commented about Dublin Drive-In on Apr 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

Opening features were THE HAWAIIANS and THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. Closed after the 1982 season.

Wendy’s Hamburger’s national headquarters now occupies this location.

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Mark_L commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

This image is from the late ‘80’s. A sinkhole opened up during morning rush hour. The car at the bottom was a Mercedes Benz driven by an attorney. He was not injured. I worked downtown that summer and walked over to see it, but you really could not see anything from ground level. Things were patched up quickly.

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Mark_L commented about Linden Air Drive-In on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Google maps too far north on this one. Should be located just north of the Oakland Park/Westerville Road (Rt. 3) intersection.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX on Apr 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

From looking at the AMC information on their website, they appear to have 2 types of service: CinemaSuites, which is 21 & over only with recliners, and Fork & Screen which is 18 & over with children accompanied by parent allowed.

This is a good location for this as they can easily control access to that entire wing of screens.

There is a LOT of construction going on at Easton right now. A huge new “flagship” Victoria’s Secret, and new Express and remodeling of the Brio restaurant are all ongoing, probably trying to get done by the summer shopping season.

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Mark_L commented about Screens at the Continent on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Ron N., according to their website they are running current sub-run releases. (4/2/2012)

I was at this theatre some time ago on a Saturday evening and it was absolutely empty except for the special event I was attending. I’m really surprised that it stays open.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I was out at Easton today and it looks like there is a lot of construction going on at the theatre. The entire right hall of the theatre with 13 screens is being remodeled, leaving the left 13 screens and the four large middle screens (including the minImax) for regular screenings. Looking at the daily screening list they are running only on 17 screens at this time.

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Mark_L commented about Hunt's Cinestage Theatre on Apr 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

Charles, it could have been any of them…the Ohio, Palace or the Cinestage. According to list on the Grand Cinerama, it did not play there.

SOUND OF MUSIC was not a current release by 1968 and any of these locations could have picked it up as a re-release.

For the record, the original Columbus run was at Northland.

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Mark_L commented about Town & Country Cinema on Mar 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Opened 9/21/1966 with TORN CURTAIN. Matinee seats $.50.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Grove City 14 on Mar 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

One of the screens is a Rave XTreme screen. Presentation in that room was VERY good.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Mar 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Leon Seligson of Columbus, OH was the architect. Land was owned by Leon Schottenstein. Proposed building cost was $500,000.

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Mark_L commented about Studio 35 Cinema on Mar 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

The Columbus Dispatch reported on this story on 3/3/2012:

“Studio 35, the venerable North Side movie theater, plans to close for as long as two months for renovations, starting on Friday.

The theater, 3055 Indianola Ave., will kick off the overhaul with a Friday party featuring free admission to Anchorman. The gathering will be its last scheduled event until a May 17 appearance by director Kevin Smith.

Co-owner Eric Brembeck said the theater will undergo an “overall refreshing,” including new paint and lighting. Bigger-ticket changes could include renovated bathrooms and a digital projection system, though those details have not been completed.

“We’re talking with the bank, seeing if it makes sense to do that,” he said. “It’s our objective to do that, but I haven’t signed any contracts yet.”

Since purchasing the theater in 2006, Brembeck and his partners have made several improvements to the 74-year-old venue, including new seats and a new heating and air-conditioning system. It’s now time for more, he said.

“The theater’s starting to show its age a little bit,” Brembeck said. “The idea is to enhance and improve the theater-going experience.”"

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Mark_L commented about AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX on Mar 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

The Columbus Dispatch reported on 3/2/2012 that AMC is planning on opening a restaurant at this location. Perhaps it will be the “Fork and Screen” concept they have in place at some other AMC locations. It would be easy to convert one of the side halls with 13 screens to a concept like this, and still have 17 regular screens.

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Mark_L commented about AMC Lennox Town Center 24 on Mar 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Bar coming to Lennox 24.

From the Columbus Dispatch, 3/2/12:

AMC Entertainment will open a bar at its Lennox Town Center theater this month.

The Kansas City-based movie-theater chain is also planning to open a restaurant at its Easton theater, though the opening date is not yet available.

AMC has added the “MacGuffins” bar concept to about 20 of its 347 theaters in the United States and Canada, said spokesman Ryan Noonan.

The Lennox Town Center location, which is near Grandview Heights, will have chairs and stools to provide customers with a place to meet before or after a show. Customers can also order drinks and take them into the auditoriums.

“It’s another opportunity for us to provide more options to guests,” Noonan said.

The company lists an Easton restaurant on the “coming soon” area of its website. No further information was provided.

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Mark_L commented about Studio 35 Cinema on Mar 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I wish them well on this upgrade. They work very hard to put on a good show and have developed a loyal following. I wonder if they are going digital?

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Mark_L commented about AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX on Feb 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

This picture shows the north entrance into the “train station” building at Easton Mall. The theatre occupies much of the second floor, with the ticket booths on the main floor. This building has numerous shops and restaurants.

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Mark_L commented about Avondale Theatre on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

Avondale ran movies until the second half of 1957.

Keith, thanks for finding these Columbus theatre pictures. Where are they from?

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Mark_L commented about LIttle Art Theatre on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:03 am

On 9/14/1949, the WORLD moved south to the Alhambra building, and the Olentangy became known as the Little Theatre, playing classic films.

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Mark_L commented about Main Theatre on Feb 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Referring back to a comment from Ron Newman in 2006:

“During at least some time in the late 60s or early 70s, I remember either this or the nearby Eastern Theatre (now demolished) being used as a nightclub or live stage. I vaguely recall it using the name ‘International Star Palace’. I hope someone else from Columbus can supply more information”

If I am recalling correctly, the International Star Palace nightclub was in the old Big Bear Grocery store a few blocks east of the Eastern theatre. This club was directly next to the grain elevator. That building was torn down and replaced by a Kidney Center.

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Mark_L commented about Studio 35 Cinema on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

Movieshateyoutoo might want to check out the screenings at the Wexner Center over at Ohio State. They show 35mm prints whenever possible.

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Mark_L commented about Robins Theatre on Dec 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm

The picture from kencmcintyre from 3/19/10 is likely from 1952 or 1953, judging from release dates of movies shown on the marquee.

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Mark_L commented about Gateway Film Center on Dec 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

This theatre now has 8 screens. A multi-purpose room has now been converted to a small screening room with 22 seats. The screen is large and the chairs comfortable. However, the digital projector is open in the back of the room and the fan is extremely noisy during the movie. They currently have no plans to enclose the projector.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Keith’s post on 12/5 lists the new web address.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Dec 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Checking out their whois information, the site was registered by Cover Your Assets II, LLC. There are some YouTube videos under that name. A check of the Ohio Secretary of State business records shows that business owned by a gentleman who lives in Reynoldsburg, which is near the theatre.

Looks like someone put a lot of money into the place.

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Mark_L commented about Livingston Theatre on Nov 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Property was taken over in 2/11 by a local man who owns a variety of properties. He now owns the entire block that houses the Livingston and the parking lot west of the building. I can’t find any recent occupant, and I did find a site confirming that Flex Baths had closed.

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Mark_L commented about Robert D. Lindner OMNIMAX on Nov 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

The Museum Center is one of the most beautiful buildings in Ohio. The inside is spectacular, with huge murals in the great rotunda. OMNIMAX is toward the rear of the building with a glassed-in projection booth so you can see the system in operation. Great fun to watch the projector climb into position.

There is an organ in the rotunda area that I hope to hear in concert some day. An organ in that huge room would be amazing.