Hudson Theatre

368 E. Hudson Street,
Columbus, OH 43202

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Hudson Theatre

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The Hudson Theatre was opened around 1930. This theatre looks to have been last used as a church, but as of late-2006 the building had not been in use for a while.

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Mark_L
Mark_L on July 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm

In the summer of 1972, the “New Hudson Theatre” was running “selected films for the liberated adult male audience”.

The ad for this ran in the July 1, 1972 Columbus Dispatch.

LLLower
LLLower on September 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm

The Last Man on Earth (1964). Vincent Price could deliver the most campy lines and make them perfectly believable. My older brother drove me to the Hudson Theater to see that movie and he parked at the curb directly in front of the entrance. I got out under the marquee, which extended almost to the street. By my memory it was a pleasant and simple theater. Not to far away were the Indianola, the Clinton, and farther north the Beechwold. Today only one of these operates as a movie theater. Before automobiles were common there were movie theaters. As automobiles became ubiquitous theaters were renamed as neighborhood theaters. I was told that the interurban line ran close to the Hudson. LLLower

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 19, 2010 at 7:30 am

The Hudson and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres

Eliza
Eliza on November 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I recently called the owner, Working for Jesus, trying to get a hold on the pastor. No luck. Wonder who might have gone inside the theater/ church before. Very curious how the church reused it.

Keith
Keith on November 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm

i’ll post the info from that link 2 comments up in case the page goes down someday. great info.
“When it opened in 1927, The Hudson sat in the middle of a busy commercial strip between 4th and Summit. A barber shop and beauty salon flanked the entrance. A small office suite occupied the second floor. During WWII, it housed the local draft board and later a dentist’s office.

In 1970, the abandoned theater was reopened as the New Hudson and showed pornographic films. It suffered repeated vice raids and finally closed in 1972.

After The Hudson closed as a theater, it was a church for many years. Currently, the building is empty, derelict, and vandalized.parking was hurting. The theater closed in 1965.

In 1970, the abandoned theater was reopened as the New Hudson and showed pornographic films. It suffered repeated vice raids and finally closed in 1972.

After The Hudson closed as a theater, it was a church for many years. Currently, the building is empty, derelict, and vandalized.

Keith
Keith on June 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

For sale for $350,000! I don’t believe it. http://www.mlsfinder.com/oh_cbr/kw_940/index.cfm?action=listing_detail&property_id=214025114&searchkey=6990f949-ca87-335f-d6a9-208541cc92b3

Mark_L
Mark_L on June 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm

That building is not worth that much money. I don’t see what you could do with it, as there is no off-street parking in that area and it is not close to a commercial zone. It also isn’t very close to Ohio State. I’ll be very surprised if it sells.

mld20
mld20 on June 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm

County auditor information states the theater sold on May 22, 2017 for $72,500 to Bubbykins LLC. I looked it up as I noticed the plywood removed from the two east second floor windows and debris being lowered in buckets by workers to the alley below. I emailed Columbus Underground to see if they knew anything but have yet to hear back.

mld20
mld20 on June 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

Back door and side exit by the alley were both open so I peeked inside. Old rows of seating are piled on top of each other at each end of the auditorium, light coming through the ceiling. Stage is still there, large air vents dangling from the ceiling. I’ll try and go back and take some pics the next time I see it open. Still no clue as to what it will be. Nobody answered when I called out.

mld20
mld20 on July 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Went by today and noticed a large portion of the roof has collapsed in the back of the theater over the stage/screen area. The walls are still standing for now. It’s fairly easy to get a look inside. Appears the scrappers have been at it finally able to get inside easily. Not too promising for the new owner I fear.

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