Graceland Twin Cinema

230 Graceland Boulevard,
Columbus, OH 43214

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Graceland Twin Cinema

Opened as a twin Jerry Lewis Cinemas in the early-1970’s. The Graceland Twin closed in 2002. The theatre is now a Seasonal Concept Store.

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meheuck on May 1, 2009 at 9:38 pm

The Graceland started out as a Jerry Lewis cinema in the ‘70’s; the chain had another location in Columbus, a single screen called the York Plaza. When the Lewis chain went under they were picked up by Nicholas Circone and Marvin Goldfarb, who also dabbled in hotel/motel movie distribution, the ancestry to the “Spectravision” services that are common today. It was widely held that since Graceland had the longest continuous run of ROCKY HORROR since the film’s opening, it would stand to reason that it opened at Graceland during their stewardship.
Bob and Belinda Judson took over both theatres in the '80’s, along with the Grandview theatre, and operated them as second run houses. When they had a dispute with the property owners of Graceland Shopping Center, they closed the theatre and briefly attempted to set up ROCKY HORROR at the York Plaza, but that folded after a couple weeks. The Judsons eventually left theatre operation, and Belinda is now an Executive Director of the Mid-States branch of National American Theater Operators.
Glenn Ackerman, creator of the Raintree Cinemas and later the Flickers cinema/restaurant chain, took over operation of the Graceland Twin and returned ROCKY HORROR to regular play. Eventually, however, Ackerman would close all of his locations and the Graceland went dark for good in the late '90’s.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 18, 2009 at 6:47 am

I thought the York Plaza was listed here at CinemaTreasures, but I can’t find it. Do you have enough information on it to add it?

It was a single screen, on the north side of East Livingston Avenue, somewhere between Hamilton and Brice roads. Is the building still standing with a different use?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 14, 2009 at 8:45 am

We now have a page for the York Plaza.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 19, 2010 at 6:34 am

It is amazing how the front looks a bit like Columbia 1 and 2 especially the glass,Box office and one-sheet frames.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 19, 2010 at 6:36 am

Columbia 1 and 2 in what city?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 19, 2010 at 6:46 am

It is listed as COLUMBIA SQUARE CINEMAS in Augusta,Ga. It will always be Columbia 1 and 2 to me because it was a nice large Twin theatre before UA and Georgia Theatres turned it into a lousy small screen quad.

Mark_L on July 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Theatre opened on Wednesday, February 28, 1973. First features were THE GREAT WALTZ and 1776. It was the last of the Jerry Lewis Theatres to open in the Columbus area.

Mark_L on August 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Graceland dropped the Jerry Lewis name on 6/26/173.

Mark_L on August 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The Seasonal Concepts is NOT the location of the theatre. The Graceland Cinema building was demolished and was west of the Seasonal Concepts store.

Philander on August 31, 2017 at 11:28 am

My first job was as an usher here in the mid 70’s during the disaster movie craze. I saw the same few minutes of “The Towering Inferno” @ “The Poseiden Adventure” over and over. Usher was considered a “tipped” position and paid $1.15 p/h. Never got a single tip.

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