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Went by today and noticed a large portion of the roof has collapsed in the back of the theater over the stage/screen area. The walls are still standing for now. It’s fairly easy to get a look inside. Appears the scrappers have been at it finally able to get inside easily. Not too promising for the new owner I fear.
Back door and side exit by the alley were both open so I peeked inside. Old rows of seating are piled on top of each other at each end of the auditorium, light coming through the ceiling. Stage is still there, large air vents dangling from the ceiling. I’ll try and go back and take some pics the next time I see it open. Still no clue as to what it will be. Nobody answered when I called out.
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.
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.