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A paragraph in the March 6, 1920, edition of the Cleveland Advocate briefly describes the opening of the Empress Theater in Columbus:
New Movie Theater Opened in Ohio’s Capital
COLUMBUS, O., March 4. – The Empress Theater, the new $50,000 movie theater just completed in East Long street, and owned and conducted by two colored men, J. Ernest Williams and J. Albert Jackson, opened its doors to the public today, a tremendous rush of people clamoring for admission. It is a beautiful playhouse, with all modern accessories. A feature of the opening was the attendance of the L'Llegro Club in a body, followed by a club banquet at Brassfield’s cafe.
Cleveland Advocate, Vol. 6 No. 43 Page 7, March 6, 1920.
Theater was a church in its later years.
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