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County auditor information states the theater sold on May 22, 2017 for $72,500 to Bubbykins LLC. I looked it up as I noticed the plywood removed from the two east second floor windows and debris being lowered in buckets by workers to the alley below. I emailed Columbus Underground to see if they knew anything but have yet to hear back.
Saw some horror matinees & In Search of the Castaways in the early 1960s there. Don’t remember it as anything special.
Moved to Grove City in 1964, the theater was named The Douglas Theater. Saw The Ten Commandments revival there as well as Elvis Double Features every weekend matinee. This was 1965-67 or so. It was very small, the lobby was just a narrow hallway with restrooms on either side, and the auditorium was narrow & small, but 10 Commandments looked huge on that screen.
The Town & Country shopping center mentioned recently got a major overhaul making the Target site more desirable. Walmart also is building nearby. Not a lot to do with theaters but nice that an older shopping center from the 1950’s in an older neighborhood can be reborn again. Too bad some of the neighborhood theaters on this site couldn’t have the same fate.
Located in the Northland Mall as a single screen, played “The Sound of Music” & “Mary Poppins” for the entire first year it was open. Closed in the late 70’s when Northland 8 was built behind the mall(since closed).
The entire Mall was purchased by the City and was partally demolished in 2003.
Twinned in the 70’s. Closed in the early 80’s when General Cinemas Westland 8 was built nearby(since closed and reopened recently as a Dollar Cinema). Sat there empty and vandalized until the late 90’s when it was razed.
Operated as a Sub-run Cinema/Grill after being twinned for a short time. Razed in the early 90’s.
This is the flick. The U-City was razed around 1990 or so and an Applebee’s Restaurant built there. The McDonald’s the seemed to grow out of the front of the theater is still there as well.
The church owners have restored the lobby and part of the auditorium into a youth center for the neighborhood. The black painted over and boarded up front doors now are restored to the original wood with a clear view through the glass into the former lobby. The last article I read about it referred to the church eventually showing family-oriented and religious movies as soon as the rest of the auditorium is restored. The original marquee blew off in a storm in the early 1990’s.