Nickelodeon Theatre

1607 Main Street,
Columbia, SC 29201

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Nickelodeon Theater

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Opened on July 2, 1936 with Barbara Stanwyck in “Red Salute”, the 756-seat State Theatre was closed in 1961. On August 28, 1962 it reopened as the Fox Theatre with “West Side Story”. It was twinned in the 1970’s. It closed in 1987. It was converted into a store selling beauty products.

In 2013, it was reopened as the Nickelodeon Theatre after the the former Nickelodeon Theatre on 937 Main Street was closed and transferred their business. Now with a reduced seating capacity of 99, this non-profit art house cinema also screens seasons of repertory programming and has a focus on community theatre as well.

In 2013 money was being raised to renovate and reopen the 197 seat theatre in the upstairs balcony to create a second screen. The second screen opened April 14, 2015 and was designed by architectural firm 1x1 Design.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 3, 2009 at 11:37 pm

When the Googlemobile drove by the retail business was folding, “going out of business” signs on the windows.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 3, 2009 at 11:47 pm

It seems like most of the photos were taken in the late 2006 and through the first six months of 2007, going by the titles on the marquees in the theater pictures, but it’s hard to be any more specific than that. Chuck said the building has been bought by the Columbia Film Society, but the retail business may still be there.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 3, 2009 at 11:58 pm

This is from Columbia city council minutes on 11/8/06:

MAP AMENDMENT / TEXT AMENDMENT â€" FIRST READING

B. 1605-07 Main Street, TMS# 09014-10-15; rezone from C-5 to C-5, -DP. â€" Approved on
first reading.
No one appeared in support of or in opposition to the request.
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to give first
reading approval to the Map Amendment for 1605-07 Main Street, TMS# 09014-10-15; rezone
from C-5 to C-5, -DP

C. 2626 Stratford Road, TMS# 11415-03-01; rezone from RS-1 to RS-1, -DP. â€" Approved
on first reading.

Ordinance No.: 2006-077 â€" Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of
Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article
V, Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, Division 4, Landmarks, Sec. 17-691,
Buildings and site list, © is amended to add the following: 2627 Stratford Road and
1607 Main Street â€" Approved on first reading.

No one appeared in support of or in opposition to the request.

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on February 7, 2014 at 2:44 am

The last remaining theater on Main Street, thank goodness the Columbia Film Society saved it. I got to see it before the renovation, the old projectors were still there plus other items from days gone by. The Nickelodeon has now moved into a 99 seat theater with the next phase being to restore the upstairs (balcony) second screen theatre which will seat around 200. The lobby and ticket booth have been restored as well and a new retro marquee that is currently being installed with Nickelodeon on each side and Nick on the front, looks great!

ghamilton
ghamilton on September 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Got a tour last eve,of the balcony space. It will be so great when done. WE did our part with a contribution yesterday.Unlike the downstairs space,it is clear that this once was a REAL theater. The general mgr is enthusiastic and inspirational. THIS place is a real asset for the community. It is no Byrd,but still a treasure.

ghamilton
ghamilton on April 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Attended screening of 3 INDIE documentaries in new space. A pretty good venue. The feeling of a REAL theater is a treat. Downtown Columbia has real potential.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 2, 2017 at 12:38 am

I posted the 1936 grand opening ad as State in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 3, 2017 at 11:36 pm

This reopened as Fox on August 28th, 1962 with West Side Story. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

ghamilton
ghamilton on September 4, 2017 at 2:34 pm

It is such a tragedy ,such shortsighted stupidity,that Columbia threw away all the fine downtown theaters. This small remnant IS a wonderful asset to downtown and the community . It is a labor of love and an oasis in a desert. My wife and I,gladly contribute to this institution.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 4, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Reopened in July 1984 with two screens and a video game arcade.

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