Parsons Theatre

1291 S. Parsons Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43215

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In the late-1950’s the Parsons Theatre was one of many screens in Columbus, Ohio. Owned and operated by Rowlands Theatres. F.W.Rowlands, president and film buyer.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm

The X-rated ads I remember seeing in the Dispatch and C-J were for the Little Art, New Paris, Livingston Art, Adult Theatre (yep, that was its name), Garden, Bexley, and World. All of these are listed here except for the Little Art, which was on North High Street. Can you add it?

The Little Art and the New Paris ran similar-looking ads, with the same movies moving over from one house to the other after a week.

Mark_L
Mark_L on October 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm

You can also include the Airport Drive-In, the North High Drive-In and the Hudson, which ran “selected films for the liberated adult male audience”. The “Adult Theatre” was previously the Markham. There may have been others, but I haven’t found them yet.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

We don’t have a listing for the Airport Drive-In either. Can you add that one as well?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Open ~1935-~____? Anyone care to verify the exact dates?

Need more info of the early years and photos.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Where did you find the 1935 date?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 4, 2011 at 3:34 am

What is a ‘Rivest Site’ ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 4, 2011 at 3:42 am

Rivest’s ultimate list of movie theatres. It’s a useful resource for some purposes, but has only limited information about most of the theaters, and a lot of tentative surmises (usually followed by question marks.)

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

sampson159
sampson159 on October 31, 2013 at 1:21 am

went there with a friend back in the 70s.topless ushettes!a girl i went to school with and had a crush on walked me to my seat.i was very embarrassed and extremely uncomfortable for the visit.left after 20 minutes.it was called the paris theater back then

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