Flicker's East Cinema Pub
4501 Refugee Road,
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Previous Names: Forum 1, 2, 3
The Forum 1, 2, 3 opened just east of Eastland Mall on March 31, 1972. This first-run triplex with a faux-Roman facade was built and operated by Academy Theatres, which at the time was a local chain of neighborhood second-run theatres.
While building the Forum 1,2,3, Academy also modernized and renamed two of those neighborhood houses: the Esquire Theatre became the Carousel East, and the Beechwold Theatre became the Camelot North.
I believe the Forum 1,2,3 was the first Columbus-area theatre with more than two screens, and possibly the area’s second cinema originally built with more than one screen. (The first was the Bexley 1 & 2, built as a twin way back in 1935.)
The Forum 1, 2, 3 closed some time in the late-1980’s, but reopened on Friday, June 23, 1989 as Flicker’s East Cinema Pub. It was one of three Flicker’s locations in Columbus, serving beer and food along with movies.
Flicker’s East Cinema Pub closed on Sunday, October 22, 1995. The building has sat empty and unused ever since. The Eastland Mall area now has no movie screens at all; ten years ago, it had 19 of them.
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