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The Wexner Center for the Arts is a contemporary art museum located on the campus of The Ohio State University.
The theater is located on the lower level of the Wexner Center. They have an unusual set of projectors that can run 16mm-35mm-70mm. They also have a video projection unit. There is a full-time professional projectionist on-staff.
The programming here is very eclectic, ranging from classic cinema to experimental movies. Ticket prices are very reasonable.
In the summer, they have a very popular outdoor movie series, setting up a screen on the framework of the center.
This is one theatre that has no problem with people texting or talking on cell phones during the movie as there is no cell reception in the underground theatre.
There were 3 Columbus-area drive-in’s in Whitehall:
In-Town @ 3651 E. Main
Eastside @ 3811 E. Main
(Miles) East Main @ 4750 E. Main
Looks like a technology training program. Columbus Children’s Advocacy Program gives this information:
“Henkels & McCoy Community Success Center
Connects youth (in-school and out-of-school) and adults with free employment, training and educational programs in Franklin County. The center provides free walk-in job assistance on weekdays. Help includes access to computers and copiers for job searches, help writing a resume, access to job fairs and training opportunities, youth internship programs and practice with interviews.
1336 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205"
Ad was posted by member dbellis54.
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.
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.
Google maps too far north on this one. Should be located just north of the Oakland Park/Westerville Road (Rt. 3) intersection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opened 9/21/1966 with TORN CURTAIN. Matinee seats $.50.
One of the screens is a Rave XTreme screen. Presentation in that room was VERY good.
Leon Seligson of Columbus, OH was the architect. Land was owned by Leon Schottenstein. Proposed building cost was $500,000.
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.”"
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.
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.
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?
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.
Avondale ran movies until the second half of 1957.
Keith, thanks for finding these Columbus theatre pictures. Where are they from?
On 9/14/1949, the WORLD moved south to the Alhambra building, and the Olentangy became known as the Little Theatre, playing classic films.
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.
Movieshateyoutoo might want to check out the screenings at the Wexner Center over at Ohio State. They show 35mm prints whenever possible.
The picture from kencmcintyre from 3/19/10 is likely from 1952 or 1953, judging from release dates of movies shown on the marquee.
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.