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 on July 30, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Good luck…I hope you find him.

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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 on June 6, 2008 at 9:29 am

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

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 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.

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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 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 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.

buckohio1165 on May 15, 2015 at 7:03 am

RAINTREE CINEMA was the first place I saw STAR WARS and I saw it twice the first time and more than 10 times overall. Raintree was not a great theater not like CINEMA EAST, but it had STAR WARS so it holds a special place in my heart.

buckohio1165 on May 15, 2015 at 7:05 am

Then again I don’t recall seeing too many films there…so I might be wrong.

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