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Yes, I remember the Granada ads, but not the Park for some reason. Maybe it had closed before the Granada, but I was only a kid then. Thanks for clearing up the mystery over the Scrumpy Dump (the world’s worst theater name!)
Any word on its rehabilitation? Is it going to be a nightclub?
Thanks for the tip! I was able to watch the special last night on TC. Enjoyed seeing all the pics from the old days. I wish I could’ve seen Times Square and 42nd St. before they changed and tore down so many of the old theaters. I had to laugh about the Toys R Us store though. Isnt that out of business allready. (another theater replaced!).
I remember seeing small ads for the Alhambra and Keiths in the early 60’s local newspaper. I dont remember the Park. Does anyone remember when that closed? And does anyone remember which theater was called the Scrumpy Dump (terrible name, but true) in the late 60’s-early 70’s? It was in the same location, so I’m assuming it was one of these older theaters. It showed blackploitation films.
Yes, that’s true the Columbus GCC theaters were all alike. They were nice enough until they were twinned. They are all closed or razed now, I believe. I used to go to the Olentangy location quite a bit in the 70’s-80’s. Now there’s a restaurant there. Sad.
Does anyone know if the Palace also had Cinerama? I seem to remember it did. I was never inside, unfortunately. From pictures I’ve seen it looked like the fanciest of the four theaters. Sadly, I dont live near Cleveland anymore, so I cant enjoy their 2nd life.
Thanks for all the pics!
Thanks for all the info guys. I think the seating is close to 3000 now, but I’m not sure. I do remember reading about them installing Cinerama in the late 60’s. It hardly mattered as it closed shortly after. I’m so glad they were able to save all 4 theaters. Its a booming theater district now.
I believe it. It was huge!
I would hardly call this theater moderate. I think it seated over 3,000. Not sure its capacity now.
The State boasted one of the longest theater lobbies in the country. I think it stretched over 300 feet from the entrance to the auditorium. The reason for this was that Loews wanted an entrance on Euclid Ave. with the other theaters being built there, but the actual auditorium was on a side street (I think 17th St.) behind the Palace theater which was right next door. So one had to traverse the length of the Palace to reach the State auditorium way in the back of the block. I remember being there once as a kid in the 60’s with my cousin and the long walk through the endless seeming lobby and being seated in the vast, dark, mostly empty auditorium (was a weekly matinee). During the refurbishing, the lobby housed a dinner theater, so you can imagine the size of it.
The theater you are referring to is the Ohio Theater in Columbus, OH. It was saved from the wrecking ball and restored to its former glory. It took years of hard work and fundraising and it certainly was worth it. Its a gorgeous theater. Its now used as a performing arts center for concerts and touring plays.