Fort Jackson Theater

Daniel Street & Lee Street,
Columbia, SC 29201

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FORT JACKSON Theatre, Columbia, South Carolina

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This Theater is located on the U.S. Army Fort Jackson, South Carolina, adjacent to the Capital city of Columbia in the Central Midlands. The Post has been around since 1917, has 52,000 acres, and over a 1,000 buildings. It is a Entry Training Center for Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training. Over half of all soliders (50,000) entering the Army each year go through Fort Jackson. 3,600 are assigned to the post along with the 10,000 in their families. 115,000 retirees also use the post. All of these folks may use the theater.

The theater was built in 1967 and is is Building #3119 and closed on April 30, 2007. $600,000 was spent rebuilding the theater starting with a new roof and then on down. No tax money was used for this. Funds came from the Army Exchange (PX) profits. The theater reopened in November 2009. The theater is a multi-use facility. Besides movies it’s used for unit training purposes and other functions. Flicks are shown twice on Wednesday and Friday, and once on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $4.50 for Adults and $2.25 for Children (12 & younger).

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm

PLEASE CHANGE IN THE ADDRESS, FORT JACKSON TO:

COLUMBIA

With Fort Jackson Google Map shows the Southern United States and Central America, not very helpful in locating the theater. I had checked out the address before I added the theater to this site and I thought Fort Jackson worked?? I must have got confused. I added this theater late at night and when I read it this morning I was disapointed in all the errors even when I had proofread it last night. I think from now on, I’ll add new theaters first think in the morning when I’m awake.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Photo of the Ribbon Cutting. SEE WHO THE “BOSS” OF THE POST IS, IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU! Check out the other 2 photos to see who goes to the movies on an Army Post, both young and old. The first flick was THE BLIND SIDE.

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A nice photo inside the theater.

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Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on September 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I’m not surprised at who the commander is. She has quite an impressive resume:

http://www.jackson.army.mil/CommStaff/GCbio.htm

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 4, 2010 at 12:28 am

I assumed wrong.I guess there is a market still on post for theatres.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on July 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Was there on the 17th just passed. Saw Kung Fu Panda 2. It’s changeover with 20 minute reels. I told the young fellow he is continuing a lost art. Xenon, of course. Brand new CP650 with new Crown amps. He had some brand new paper tapes (the kind you used to wrap around the reels). He didn’t know what they were for, I explained. It is listed on maps of the post as Theatre #3. I don’t know where the first two are. The Army Finance museum looks alot like a cinema (didn’t get a chance to visit it [a museum for Army Finance, really?]). The whole layout of the place reminds me of the Olive on Knox.

LouRugani
LouRugani on September 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — The Fort Jackson Theater opened last weekend to rave reviews. Theater opens after two-year closure November 19, 2009 By STEVE REEVES, Fort Jackson Leader Soldiers with the 187th Ordnance Battalion filed into the theater to get the first seats at the Fort Jackson theater grand opening. Crowds gathered outside the theater at least two hours before the movie – a sneak preview of “The Blind Side” – was slated to begin.

Jason Rosenberg, AAFES general manager, Col. Lillian A. Dixon, garrison commander, and Billy Wood, movie theater manager, cut the ribbon during the grand opening of Fort Jackson’s movie theater. Dixon said she made the project, which took two years to complete.

Rene Muniz was one of the hundreds of people who stood in line Saturday to get a sneak preview of the renovated theater, as well as a free screening of the film, “The Blind Side.”

Muniz, chief of Fort Jackson’s Information Assurance Division, gave the theater two thumbs up. “I had been waiting a long time for that theater to open back up, and I wasn’t disappointed,” Muniz said. “Everything was nice and new and very attractive. And the movie was excellent, also.”

Muniz said it’s a big plus for the Fort Jackson community now that the theater has reopened. “I’ll definitely be a frequent visitor,” he said.

The theater holds 750 people, and it was a packed house Saturday. Many of the attendees were no doubt lured by the free movie, but everyone was treated to a sparkling new theater interior.

“Opening the theater is a double bonus for the Fort Jackson community,” said Col. Lillian Dixon, Fort Jackson garrison commander. “It has always been a key venue to our training mission. It also enhances the quality of life for our Soldiers, families and retirees. It will be a great outlet for our graduating Soldiers and their families during Family Day.”

Dixon made reopening the theater a priority when she arrived at Fort Jackson in 2007 and said she is pleased with the result.

“You can’t help but smile when you walk inside the facility,” she said. “I invite everyone to support the theater. The price is right and the company is even better.”

The renovated theater features new seats, curtains and carpet, fresh paint, upgraded projection equipment and concessions, and a new Dolby Digital sound system.

Matt Gibbs, project manager for Fort Jackson’s Directorate of Public Works, said approximately $600,000 in garrison funds went toward the renovation of the theater, which had been closed since 2007 because the facility had deteriorated so badly.

The renovation project began in April, Gibbs said, and was completed just before the theater’s grand opening last weekend.

Matt Shealy, chief of engineering for DPW, said the theater’s ceiling had been badly damaged by water leakage and maintenance of the interior had not been kept up in recent years. “It was just a tired, old space,” Shealy said.

Aside from being a major source of entertainment on post, the theater was a multi-use facility because of its large capacity.

“The theater is as important for training as it is for movies,” Shealy said. “We just don’t have that many spaces on post that can hold 750 people. We really needed the theater to open back up.”

But being a source of entertainment is a large part of the theater’s significance to Fort Jackson, Shealy said.

“We need a theater on post because that’s important for the families,” he said.

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