Eastland Cinema

S. Hamilton Road and Refugee Road,
Columbus, OH 43232

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When the enclosed Eastland Mall opened at the southeast edge of Columbus in 1968, it included a single-screen movie theatre, whose entrance opened out into the interior mall corridor.

The same small chain, Modern Theatres, owned both this cinema and another at Northland Mall, as well as the University Flick Theatre on High Street across from Ohio State University. Around 1971, General Cinema purchased all three theatres.

The theatre was later sub-divided into a twin. It showed its last movies “Aladdin” and “Home Alone II” on February 18, 1993. Any further information, including its seating capacity, would be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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Mark_L
Mark_L on December 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm

ALADDIN and HOME ALONE II

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Thanks. The only thing left to find out now is when it was twinned. I’ll ask CinemaTreasures to update the Description.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm

The AMC 6-plex and 8-plex were just north of the mall, on opposite sides of Hamilton Road. I don’t know when they opened or when they closed.

Ron3853
Ron3853 on January 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm

The Eastland Theater first opened in 1968. Films which played at this theater in 1968-69 are listed below. The date is the Wednesday of the opening week. Research is from microfilms of The Columbus Dispatch.

02/14/68 The Happiest Millionaire
03/27/68 No Way to Treat a Lady
04/17/68 In the Heat of the Night
05/08/68 Bonnie and Clyde
05/29/68 Half a Sixpence
06/26/68 The Thomas Crown Affair
07/24/68 How Sweet It Is!
08/07/68 Dark of the Sun
08/28/68 With Six You Get Eggroll
09/18/68 Interlude
10/02/68 A Lovely Way to Die
10/16/68 Barbarella
11/13/68 Coogan’s Bluff
12/11/68 Rachel, Rachel
12/18/68 Camelot
02/19/69 Funny Girl
08/20/69 3 into 2 Won’t Go
09/10/69 True Grit
09/24/69 Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe…?
10/08/69 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
11/12/69 Paint Your Wagon

Ron3853
Ron3853 on January 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm

The Eastland Theater first opened in 1968. Films which played at this theater in 1968-69 are listed below. The date is the Wednesday of the opening week. Research is from microfilms of The Columbus Dispatch.

02/14/68 The Happiest Millionaire
03/27/68 No Way to Treat a Lady
04/17/68 In the Heat of the Night
05/08/68 Bonnie and Clyde
05/29/68 Half a Sixpence
06/26/68 The Thomas Crown Affair
07/24/68 How Sweet It Is!
08/07/68 Dark of the Sun
08/28/68 With Six You Get Eggroll
09/18/68 Interlude
10/02/68 A Lovely Way to Die
10/16/68 Barbarella
11/13/68 Coogan’s Bluff
12/11/68 Rachel, Rachel
12/18/68 Camelot
02/19/69 Funny Girl
08/20/69 3 into 2 Won’t Go
09/10/69 True Grit
09/24/69 Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe…?
10/08/69 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
11/12/69 Paint Your Wagon

Mark_L
Mark_L on May 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm

According to Box Office magazine, 2/19/1968, this theatre was originally operated by Cincinnati Theatre Company, a division of Associated Theatres of Cleveland.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I recall Paint Your Wagon had a long run here, and was surprised many years later to learn that it was considered a box-office bomb.

Mark_L
Mark_L on August 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Theatre had 1,000 seats upon opening. Screen 52' wide by 24' high. (Source: Boxoffice Magazine)

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

Described in this 1968 trade report: Boxoffice

twinrider1
twinrider1 on July 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I saw Star Wars there. The lines for the big movies would go all the way up the mall and back down.

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