Loew's Arlington

1800 West Henderson Road,
Columbus, OH 43220

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Located in northwest Columbus across the street from the affluent Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington, this theatre opened around Christmas of 1966. The chain also opened Loew’s Morse Road in Columbus at the same time.

Loew’s was so proud of this theatre that they featured it in their 1966 annual report:

“The accent is on luxury, comfort, color and modernity in all of Loew’s new Theatres. Each provides acres of free parking, rocking-chair seats, giant 60~foot screen, stereo sound, all-weather air conditioning, art gallery and attractive concession services.

“Each new Loew’s Theatre features an art gallery, in which the works of outstanding local artists are displayed. These galleries attract great interest.”

Originally a 1,200-seat single screen, Loew’s Arlington was later twinned.

In January 1990, the Columbus zoning board approved construction of an addition containing a third screen, but I don’t know if it was ever built. On March 3, 1993, a Columbus Dispatch article reported that the theatre was demolished in order to build a Sears Hardware store, which still stands on this site.

Contributed by Ron Newman

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

Mark_L
Mark_L on May 4, 2010 at 3:07 am

Theatre was to be twinned shortly after Easter, 1974. Each room was to seat 550. Cost of twinning was to be $70,000, and construction was to take approximately 30 days.

Mark_L
Mark_L on May 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

In this case, the theatre is in Columbus, BUT the 43220 zip code also includes the north part of the city of Upper Arlington, where I live. It also includes some unincorporated/township areas.

Things can get very confusing in the northwest part of Columbus. You might live in Columbus proper, go to school in the Worthington School district, and have a mailing address of Dublin. It really takes careful study of the local maps to really figure things out.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 26, 2010 at 5:02 am

Thanks for the correct, MarkL. So Loew’s named this theatre after a place it was next to rather than a place where was actually located?

Mark_L
Mark_L on May 26, 2010 at 11:24 am

You are only talking about a distance here of about 100 yards…unless you really looked at the maps, you wouldn’t know the difference. If you would ask someone to circle an area of a map that would be considered Arlington, they include this shopping center. If I didn’t live here, I certainly wouldn’t have noticed the difference. As I said above, the city boundaries here get very, very confusing.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I’ll ask CinemaTreasures to fix the Description header appropriately.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

See 007 was on the Marquee.Loew’s had some nice buildings.

bbfarmer
bbfarmer on February 5, 2013 at 7:44 am

Saw “Amadeus” here.

John3570
John3570 on July 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Loews Arlington had two screens when it closed and it had mono sound. Loews Morse Road had 35/70 projection equipment (Century JJ’s) and was slated to close. I was the service tech at the time so Lowes had me swap the projectors at the Arlington with the ones at the Morse Road. This was a back-breaking job and was done without loosing one show. 70mm only ran once at the Morse Road (a special film produced by Chevy to introduce car dealers to a new model) and never ran at the Arlington.

Mark_L
Mark_L on July 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Thanks for that information, John. Articles from BOXOFFICE indicated that Morse Road had 70mm equipment, but I could never find any 70mm releases that played there.

Did you know they ran 70mm at the Main?

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