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The theatre became the GAYETY for the first time on 7/9/65.
I’m very sad that the theatre is in such bad shape. I was hoping that I could get inside one more time before it goes away.
The Russell was not at the location of the Deuces Two bar…it was the empty lot next door. The statement in the description is not correct.
The last day of operation was 7/22/1961, playing the movie YOUNG SAVAGES.
Address is correct…map is wrong. I checked it on the HistoricalAerials site. Map above shows location west of I-270…theatre was east of what is now I-270. It’s also a little confusing as there is another drive-in very close by (Holiday).
Insert the theatre address directly into maps.google.com and you will see the correct location.
There are problems with some of the Google maps, and I understand they are very hard to correct. For example, the YES THEATRE in Columbus, Indiana maps to the middle of the Ohio State University campus.
Map location shown is not correct. Theatre was located on NE corner of Broad (Rt. 40) and Philipi Road, about a mile east of location shown.
Most likely opened first half of 1998.
Mike Rivest, do you have an online source for the Plain Dealer or do you have access to microfilm?
There was another theater in Columbus called the Alhambra, later the World. In 2007, Lost Memory noted that it had the 135A organ.
The World can be found here on CinemaTreasures
Studio Movie Grill…can’t tell yet if official name is SMG Arena Grand or Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand. A picture of the signage outside the theatre shows SMG Arena Grand as does a sign on the main entrance.
Reopened as SMG Arena Grand on 1/14/2014. All reserved seating. 11 screens, as before.
When this theatre was opened, it was called the AIRPORT INDOOR/OUTDOOR. In later years, it was just AIRPORT DRIVE-IN. I don’t know when the indoor part was removed…the theatre was always listed in the Drive-In section of the newspaper listings. I can find no record that it was ever called AIRPARK.
According to the AMC website, this site is now equipped with an Imax theatre. It is likely in the room formerly designated as a Rave XTreme screen.
I enjoy your commments on Columbus theatres. Please post more if you can.
HISTORICAERIALS.COM has aerial maps of the Columbus area from both 1957 & 1971. The 1971 maps shows the same entrance as the image from 1957 above.
Things sure have changed in that part of town. All signs of the drive-in are completely gone now.
The Gateway does a great job with a great mix of mainstream and alternative programming. There is always something interesting showing at the Gateway, often something that won’t be shown at the megaplexes. The addition of a restaurant from one of our best restaurant developers should make this even a better location.
Michael is the most thorough researcher I’ve ever seen. He works very very hard to make sure the information he prints is correct. He goes after details that many would ignore, such as what city a particular theatre might be located. Some are located in suburbs with names and boundaries that have changed over the years, and he looks long and hard to make the location correct. I enjoy his work and hope he continues with many more projects.
Dolby Atmos sound system being installed in UltraScreen (former Imax) room beginning with “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” on 12/13/2013. Ultrascreen is now named UltraScreen DLX.
Numerous ticketing sites currently show movies playing on 6 screens at this site. (Fandango, Movietickets, Boxofficemojo, etc)
I remember Jerry Lewis promoting the Dome on his short-lived ABC variety show from 1963.
Currently installing Dream Lounger seating and moving to a reserved seat format. Loungers will be installed in UltraScreen to open with “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the re-opening has been delayed until December, 2013.
Now upgraded with power recliners and fully reserved seating. A McGuffin’s Bar is now included.
This is a very nice list, but I would have included the Strand in Delaware, OH, about 10 miles north of Columbus. It has been in continuous operation since 1916.
No studio movies were filmed completely in 15/70, but TITANICA (95 minutes) and AT THE MAX (89 minutes) were feature length. Biggest problem was having feed & take-up platters large enough to handle such large pictures.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR was first a recording released in 1970. It was incredibly popular when it came out and, because the album was so theatrical, there were many groups that just put on productions of it without any permission from the creators. It was some time later that the official versions started to appear. Androy51, your production was most likely in 1971.
Here’s a question for John Sittig if he ever happens this way. Charles Sugarman had Todd-AO projectors installed in the Main theatre in the early ‘60’s. I’m wondering if those projectors were moved to Cinema East when that opened? I don’t believe the Main ran any 70mm after 1962.
Theatre website indicates that 4 of the 8 screens now have digital projection.