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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

Mark_L commented about Cleve Theatre 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark_L commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 17, 2010 at 4:56 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 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

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 1:43 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 Theater on Sep 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm

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

Mark_L commented about Alexandria Cinema 6 on Sep 11, 2010 at 7:56 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 11:11 am

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

Mark_L commented about College Cinema on Sep 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

Became known as the COLLEGE theatre in 1967. Closed in late 1977. Theatre was NOT owned by Loews.

Source: Columbus Dispatch Newspaper Archive

Mark_L commented about Landmark Main Art Theatre on Sep 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I saw SHORT CUTS at this theatre in November, 1993 in 70mm. I missed by one day a 70mm screening of BARAKA in one of the other 2 theatres.

Later, the same day, I saw GETTYSBURG at a different Detroit theatre, making for an almost 8-hour 70mm day! Don’t think that will ever happen again!

Mark_L commented about Athens Theatre on Sep 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

This theatre was also known as the ATHENS, SHOW STOP and KEHOE.


Mark_L commented about Movies at Loyal Plaza 5 on Aug 31, 2010 at 4:23 am

Bob, you asked for more information and Mike provided it. I don’t see how that is a problem for you.

Maybe instead of the question mark, it might be better to use the mathematical tilde symbol (~) for an approximation. When you list 1985 – 1998?, is that 1985 an exact date or an approximation? I don’t know from just the one question mark.

I suggest that ~1985 – ~1998 might state things clearly. That question mark can confuse things.

Mark_L commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 23, 2010 at 8:57 am

The picture in the Newsweek article is the Palace Theater in Canton, OH (/theaters/354/).

The article in the 3/8/2004 issue of Newsweek is about Stark County being a bellwether (accurate predictor) county for presidential elections. There is no Bellwether, Ohio or Bellwether County, Ohio.

Mark_L commented about Clinton Theatre on Aug 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm

From the pictures on the blog listed above, I don’t see any balcony or place where a balcony could be. That back ceiling isn’t that high. Interesting to see 3 projection port holes back there.