Comments from Mark_L

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Dec 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm

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

Mark_L commented about Carriage Place Movies 12 on Dec 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

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

Mark_L commented about Regal closes Southland 7 in Marion on Dec 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm

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

Mark_L commented about Marion Center Cinema on Dec 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

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

Mark_L commented about Ohio Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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

Mark_L commented about RKO Grand Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 8:33 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.

Mark_L commented about LIttle Art Theatre on Nov 18, 2010 at 8:17 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.

Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Nov 15, 2010 at 7:47 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.

Mark_L commented about Florence Cinemas on Nov 7, 2010 at 9:41 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.

Mark_L commented about Clinton Theatre on Nov 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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

Mark_L commented about College Cinema on Nov 2, 2010 at 8:01 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.

Mark_L commented about College Cinema on Nov 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

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

Mark_L commented about "The Alamo"...Happy 50th! on Oct 24, 2010 at 10:19 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!

Mark_L commented about Southern Theatre on Oct 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

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

Mark_L commented about Cleve Theatre on Oct 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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.

Mark_L commented about LIttle Art Theatre on Oct 21, 2010 at 9:50 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.

Mark_L commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Oct 18, 2010 at 6:26 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.

Mark_L commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 17, 2010 at 5:12 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.

Mark_L commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 17, 2010 at 4:48 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.

Mark_L commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 17, 2010 at 7:56 am

Yes…name change to PARIS came in late 1963…first PARIS FOLLIES, then PARIS ART. Closing dates are hard with this type of theatre as the newspapers stopped listing them in the late 60’s.

Mark_L commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 17, 2010 at 1:12 am

Yes, the Parsons showed some real porn in later years, and Columbus tried very hard to shut it down.

1291 Parsons is the correct address for this theatre. The Rowlands family bought the property in 1931, holding the property until 1961 when it was sold to the Catalan family, who changed the name to the Parsons Follies, running “adult” films. ART was added to the name at a later time.

During the first 2/3 of the 20th century, that was a flourishing area with a few theatres and a large retail area. After about 1970, the area became more and more run-down. Areas about 1 mile west of here are restored homes from the early 20th century and have some of the highest property values in the city.

That property is now owned by the CBS Partnership of Pataskala Ohio, who own 7 other properties nearby. The land is valued at just under $70,000 and is zoned for a restaurant or bar.

Thanks, Joe, for the Bob Greene reference. I’ll add it to my notes.

Mark_L commented about Sing-along "Sound of Music" to play 498 theaters on October 19 & 26 on Oct 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Michael Coate’s comprehensive article on THE SOUND OF MUSIC is available here.

These sing-a-longs sound like fun. I might check one out.

Mark_L commented about McCook Theatre on Sep 18, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Wallyum, thanks for the excellent pictures of the Dayton theatres.

Mark_L commented about Alexandria Cinema 6 on Sep 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm

No one is trying to turn this site into a dry, scholarly document filled with footnotes. But, historical information should be cited. If you are quoting an opening or closing date, please let us know where you got that information. If you found an article in a newspaper, let us know the newspaper and date. If you found information on a website, give the author of that site some credit. No need for a full bibliography, just a word or two about the source. That will give someone who might want to check things out further a place to start.

Many posts on CINEMA TREASURES certainly don’t need references. Posts about memories or experiences add character to this site. I love to read posts from former projectionists and managers about their theatres. I want to read about those first experiences with great films or things that might have gone wrong in the booth.

I can not agree that any post is better than no post. There is a book about widescreen processes that is so filled with errors that it is almost unusable. (A list of corrections to the book is 60 pages long!) I don’t want CINEMA TREASURES to become unreliable. Everyone here should try to be as accurate as possible. The site will be better for it.

Mark_L commented about College Cinema on Sep 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

It played at the Drexel (which actually is in Bexley, OH, an east side suburb).