LIttle Art Theatre
2523 N. High Street,
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The Piccadilly Theatre opened in the silent era and continued showing films through the 1930’s and 1940’s. During its early years, it shared a building with The American Ceramic Society, Battelle Memorial Institute, and a post office. In the 1940’s its name was changed to Olentangy Theatre. In 1947, it was remodeled and renamed World Theatre.
The theater struggled in the 1950’s until it began showing risqué films. As the Little Art Theater (or "Very Little Art Theater" as some dubbed it), the theater specialized in softcore and exploitation films. In the late-1960’s, it began showing stronger fare and by the early-1970’s was a porn theater. Authorities regarded the theater as a nuisance and it was often raided by vice officers.
In 1973, the city condemned the aging building as unsafe. A long legal battle followed that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The theater alleged it was condemned to stop it showing X-rated films rather than for any building problems. The theater lost and the building was torn down in 1976.
(text taken from A Century of University District Theatres)
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