Champion Theatre

1064 E. Livingston Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43205

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A two-story brick commercial building at 1064 E. Livingston Avenue, in Columbus’s depressed Near East Side, still has the words ‘CHAMPION THEATRE’ etched in stone above the second-floor windows. The Champion Theatre was operating prior to 1941, and continued until at least 1950.

According to Google StreetView, the first floor now contains a nail and hair studio, a used record store, and a store selling “custom gold teeth”.

Any further information about this lost and forgotten theatre would be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

The Columbus Jewish Historical Society has a number of oral history interviews of people who went to the Champion Theatre back when this was a Jewish neighborhood:

http://www.columbusjewishhistoricalsociety.org/oral_histories/Interviews/HTML/kanter_bernard.htm

http://www.columbusjewishhistoricalsociety.org/oral_histories/Interviews/HTML/shkolnik_fannie.htm

http://www.columbusjewishhistoricalsociety.org/oral_histories/Interviews/HTML/levy_arthur.htm

http://www.columbusjewishhistoricalsociety.org/oral_histories/Interviews/HTML/greenberg_marty.htm

http://www.columbusjewishhistoricalsociety.org/oral_histories/Interviews/HTML/goldston_sanford.htm

Mark_L
Mark_L on June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I have a closing date for that theatre of 8/31/1953.

Thanks for those links to those interviews.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 5, 2011 at 12:32 am

Thanks. Where did you find the closing date?

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