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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.
Keith’s post on 12/5 lists the new web address.
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.
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.
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.
The location shown in the picture above is 2.7 miles south of the theatre. The theatre is located near the Target Store off of Stringtown Road.
Opened as a Jerry Lewis theatre on 2/28/1973 with THE GREAT WALTZ and 1776. Dropped the Jerry Lewis name on 6/26/1973.
According to Michael Coate’s list of CINERAMA presentations in Chicago, the only CINERAMA screening at the Edens II was the 70mm re-release of THIS IS CINERAMA opening 6/13/1973 for a 7 week run.
Nice to see the GARDEN back in business. This is a very difficult theatre to research as it had many openings/closings over the years and went in and out of porn screening for awhile.
Fathom events are of OK quality but not what this picture deserves. I’ve heard I will get to see the 70mm print next spring. Raysson, is this roadshow list something you researched? These lists are always interesting.