King Arts Complex

867 Mount Vernon Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43203

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dnedrow on July 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Unfortunately, the projection booth was removed during the renovation, so they can no longer play film there. I guess it was worth it to get the springy floor for the dancers.

Mark_L on November 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm

The King Arts Center includes the old Garfield Elementary school to the immediate west of the theatre, constructed in the ‘50’s and closed in the early '80’s. I taught for 3 years at that school. The Pythian was closed at that time and none of us in the school thought much about it. We thought it was a Masonic facility. I do know that when the building closed the facility was in very poor shape and the school system was very happy to get rid of it! I’ve heard it is a beautiful location now.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm

This site has some pictures of the building and mentions the architect Samuel Plato.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Looks like the architectural firm was Evans and Plato.

Pythian Temple and James Pythian Theater (added 1983 – Building – #83004295)
Also known as York Rite Masonic Temple
861-867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus

Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: LeVeque,L.L., Evans & Plato
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Area of Significance: Social History, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture, Social
Historic Sub-function: Civic, Clubhouse, Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture, Social
Current Sub-function: Clubhouse, Theater

An undated photo can be seen here.