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Mark_L commented about Ohio theater for lease? on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

The only empty theatre I know is an 8-plex on the far west side. It is very close to the new casino, however. There is a 16-screen REGAL about 5 miles away and a 10-screen Starplex about 7 miles away.

This is the location:

/theaters/17089/

General Cinema mid-80’s build.

There are a few very old single screens in town, but those are not areas that would support a cinema.

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Mark_L commented about Criterion Theatre on Jan 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Chris, you will find that Michael Coate’s lists are extremely accurate. That would give you a good place to start. After that, nothing beats sitting down at a microfilm terminal and looking up ads in the New York Times. Many libraries have New York Times indexes that also might give you a clue.

And don’t assume that the Roadshow era began in ‘55 and ended in '72…there are many examples of roadshow screenings before and after those dates.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Dec 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

TFK, you should have seen the picture those Norelco’s put out when they ran OKLAHOMA at 30fps in the early ‘80’s.

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Mark_L commented about Hollywood Theater on Dec 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Closed 2/9/1952.

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Mark_L commented about Holiday Drive-In on Dec 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Opened as a twin Drive-In on 7/2/1975, running STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD, BROTHER OF THE WIND & PAINT YOUR WAGON on screen 1 and FREEBIE AND HE BEAN AND SCARECROW on screen 2.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Dec 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

They offer 4 free admissions with a coupon when the “Marketplace” is open, but you have to get tickets 2 hours before showtime!

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Dec 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

They offer 4 free admissions with a coupon when the “Marketplace” is open, but you have to get tickets 2 hours before showtime!

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Mark_L commented about Carriage Place Movies 12 on Dec 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Currently has one 3-D Digital theatre. Quite a bargain with a $1.50 admission and a $2.00 3-D Surcharge.

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Mark_L commented about Regal closes Southland 7 in Marion on Dec 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm

This leaves Marion, a town of over 35,000 people, without a first run theatre.

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Mark_L commented about Marion Center Cinema on Dec 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

Doesn’t this closing leave Marion without a first-run theatre?

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Mark_L commented about Ohio Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm

It’s the Underground Parking Garage. The annex is on the east side of the Statehouse…the picture is of the west side.

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Mark_L commented about RKO Grand Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm

The GRAND ran HOW THE WEST WAS WON from April, 1963 until February, 1964, so that picture had to be taken during that period. That is the Underground Parking Garage.

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Mark_L commented about LIttle Art Theatre on Nov 18, 2010 at 5:17 am

That was in 1953.

BOXOFFICE reported that they tried a donation policy instead of admissions. Reported that they were losing less money this way than with admissions. Some teenages did not pay as a “gag”. Concession business had doubled.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Nov 15, 2010 at 4:47 am

Looks like this is under the same management as the SCREENS AT THE CONTINENT. Webpages are almost identical with that same annoying text animation.

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Mark_L commented about Florence Cinemas on Nov 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

The projectors in the lobby was sort of a trademark with these Mid-States theatres in the mid-70’s. Smoking was permitted in lobbies then, and those projectors were true dust magnets. (The one in Columbus even ran 70mm from one of these lobby projectors.)I’m wondering how many of these open platform theatres there were? I know for certain of the Continent in Columbus, and I think one of the Dayton places had these, too. I’d love to hear from any ex-Mid-State folks if they are aware of any other open platform theatres.

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Mark_L commented about Clinton Theatre on Nov 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm

The official closing date for this theatre was 8/14/1973. The final feature shown was WHITE LIGHTNING.

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Mark_L commented about College Cinema on Nov 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm

The Boulevard closed on 4/11/1967 showing LET’S KILL UNCLE & INCIDENT AT PHANTOM HILL. The College Cinema opened on 9/27/1967 with DIRTY DOZEN.

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Mark_L commented about College Cinema on Nov 1, 2010 at 6:34 am

Ron is correct. It should be College Cinema. Source: Columbus Dispatch Newspaper Movie Listings 7/1/1972

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Mark_L commented about "The Alamo"...Happy 50th! on Oct 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm

In Columbus, the film opened in 35mm at the Ohio Theatre for a standard run. It only played 14 days. Must not have gone over very well!

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Mark_L commented about Southern Theatre on Oct 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

The current seating in the Southern is 925, according to the CAPA website.

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Mark_L commented about Linden Cleve Theater on Oct 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

There has been an attempt on the part of the Linden neighborhood to bring that area back to life. I wish them well on this project. It would really help things in that neighborhood. They have a lot of work ahead of them.

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Mark_L commented about LIttle Art Theatre on Oct 21, 2010 at 6:50 am

The Picadilly is referenced briefly in one of the volumes of Phil Sheridan’s THOSE WONDERFUL OLD DOWNTOWN THEATRES. No information is given other than that it existed.

Property records are vague on this site as the property has been merged with others surrounding it and the owner trail has been lost.

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Mark_L commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Oct 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm

ChasSmith &J Sittig:

The Todd-AO version of OKLAHOMA played a short 4 week run at the Cinestage in May, 1958, between the runs of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS and SOUTH PACIFIC. It had previously played in Columbus in 35mm, possibly at the Palace.

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Mark_L commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm

You can also include the Airport Drive-In, the North High Drive-In and the Hudson, which ran “selected films for the liberated adult male audience”. The “Adult Theatre” was previously the Markham. There may have been others, but I haven’t found them yet.

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Mark_L commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for the tip on that, Ron. There were more adult theatres in the late 60’s than I thought. I’ll be working on a separate list of Columbus adult theatres.

The C B S Partnership appears to be only a local real estate group, not affiliated with the network. They may also have an office in the German Village area, close to Parsons Avenue.