Raintree Cinemas

2438 E. Dublin-Granville Road,
Columbus, OH 43229

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Built in Northeast Columbus by owner Glenn Ackerman in 1974, this theater was Columbus' premier theater touting the only private screening room with private entrance, wet bar, Dolby stereo/surround sound, privacy glass and twelve luxury rocker/swivel seats. The theater was closed temporarily in January 1978 and was reopened in February 1978 under new ownership.

In 1988, the theater transferred hands again and was a ‘beer and movie’ house until permanently closing it’s doors in 1997. In 1998 a fire in the 500 seat auditorium (set by vagrants using the theater as a shelter) and the theater was razed in 1999 to make way for a Suburban Lodge Hotel.

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bprince
bprince on July 24, 2007 at 2:00 pm

I haven’t had contact with Glenn since 1994. At any rate, I think he was either in Gahanna or Westerville…..

Sorry I am not much help….Maybe you could contact the OSU Alumni Association?

To the good old days of the cinema!

jangel
jangel on July 28, 2007 at 9:59 pm

to bprince
Bummer that you haven’t talked to him in 13 years. I did try the Alumni Association, Department of Photography and the OSU archives for the documentary but came up with nothing. I’ll try the Alumni Association for Glenn as an alumnus. Thanks for the suggestion. I have tried phone listings in Westerville and Columbus but nothing. When I did a name search, I saw a Scott and Jennifer listed as relatives, but no phone numbers. I’ll also check with the city offices or post office in Westerville.

bprince
bprince on July 30, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Good luck…I hope you find him.

you can email me at

jangel
jangel on August 21, 2007 at 7:16 pm

I found Glenn! A mutual friend from Australia (formerly from Ohio) found an address and phone number in his online search for Glenn Ackerman. I called the number and left a message. Glenn returned the call. It was absolutely GREAT talking with him after 39 years! He has the skateboard film. He is in Westerville; I am in New York. Hopefully, we will be able to get together before too much time passes. JAngel

RichM
RichM on June 6, 2008 at 9:29 am

Raintree was fairly nice when I went there in late 80s I believe.

canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I was involved in the original projection & sound equipment installation consisting of 3 sets of dual projector “Ballantyne Pro35 VIP’s with 6000' Magazines. Cinema 1 was equiped with 35mm magnetic sound. Cinema 2&3 were Ballantyne Tube Mono Pat 50’s

canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I was again involved in adding “DOLBY” CP-50 processors to the existing stereo system also including CAT 160 Card with the addition of the “KINTEK KT-90 Subwoofer! Additional "DOLBY” systems were added under new ownership.

Nicholas Herum
Nicholas Herum on January 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Does anyone have any pictures of this theater? I can’t help but feel like I missed out on a great theater.

RideMan
RideMan on February 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm

What I remember about Raintree is that Star Wars ran there for a long, long time. Not quite as long as Rocky Horror ran at Graceland, but it was a very long time!

JBeck
JBeck on April 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I remember seeing many movies here… Glenn had brought into the lobby the revolving hologram from the end of Logan’s Run while it was shown there. I also got to see Star Wars from the upstairs private area. A fantastic place.

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