20 S. Court Street,
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The Majestic Theatre opened June 3, 1915. Around 1935 it was renamed Athena Theatre and by 1941 it was operated by the Schine Circuit. Eventually it was the only remaining movie house in the city of Athens, Ohio until recently, when the Athena Grand multiplex opened.
The theatre reopened in February 2002 after a $2 million renovation paid for by Ohio University which bought the theatre in 2001 for $600,000.
Its recent restoration has recaptured its 1930’s heyday, and the theatre’s new programming is eclectic mixing independent, foreign, classic, and, occassionally, first-run commercial fare for the college town.
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