Clinton Theatre

3379 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH 43214

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Keith on July 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

The Clinton lives on in a mural being painted underneath the railroad bridge on E. North Broadway.

Keith on November 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

just a dirt lot now.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Should the status be changed to Demolished yet?

Keith on November 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

i was able to get some yellow bricks from the clinton last night.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm

So Burt Reynolds Closed it.

Mark_L on November 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

The official closing date for this theatre was 8/14/1973. The final feature shown was WHITE LIGHTNING.

Hibi on November 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

They’ll probably build a 7/11 or some strip mall sort of thing there. Progress…….

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 30, 2010 at 6:32 am

Is this theater classified as Art Deco merely because of the flowery murals from the 1940s? The facade is made entirely of classical elements. There’s nothing Art Deco about the balustraded parapet with urns, the cornice, the peaked window pediments, the double pilasters, or the rest of the trim on the facade, and the interior photos show that most of the original plaster work there matched the exterior style. This theater would best be described as Adamesque.

I’d certainly call interior details such as this and this more Adamesque than anything else. It looks like the murals added in the 1940s took up some wall space that had probably been blank until then, but the original architecture was largely untouched.

Keith on October 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm

ron i think they are just tearing it down so someone might buy the land and build. so now it might be a empty lot for years to come.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

What are they tearing it down in order to build here?

Keith on October 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm

photo taken today of the clinton with the front torn down.
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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

say more about that please?

Keith on October 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

the clintons going but good news the cleve is coming back.

Hibi on October 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

It’s too bad groups didnt get together years ago to try to save this theater instead of waiting for the wrecker’s ball. It’s doubtful they can come with the money in so short a time. Such a shame.

KatieClintonville on October 15, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I walked past today. The building immediately south of the theater, the one with the sign saying, “Name Brand Appliances,” has been completely removed. The theater itself has no windows left, and there were workers inside dismantling everything. I was across the street, so I couldn’t ask, but I imagine the theater will be gone within the month. Sad day.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Let’s hope so. If an old neighborhood theatre is to be saved for arts use anywhere in Columbus, surely it can be in Clintonville?

Hibi on October 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I saw a flyer saying an Arts Organization is trying to buy the building and soliciting funds, so I guess there’s some hope left. Apparently a study was made of the building and it’s structurely sound (minus the leaky roof, I guess…)

Keith on October 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

from the pics in the blog it’s clear the floor has not been leveled as said in the first comment on this page.

Mark_L on August 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

From the pictures on the blog listed above, I don’t see any balcony or place where a balcony could be. That back ceiling isn’t that high. Interesting to see 3 projection port holes back there.

Hibi on August 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

SO SAD. Seems like there is still a slight ray of hope, but I wouldnt bet on it………

TLSLOEWS on August 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Thats bad news, nice photos posted by Retroguy 7/7/10.

KatieClintonville on August 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

A demolition permit was granted this week for this block of N High Street. It appears the Clinton will be torn down. The current owner cannot afford to fix it, nor can he afford the daily fines of $50 to $250.

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Mark_L on July 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The “New James' Clinton Theater” opened on 1/1/1927 at 2:00 P.M. with Harry Langdon in “The Strong Man (A Corking Comedy. Shorter Pictures Also.)”, noted an ad in the Columbus Dispatch. The ad describes this theater as “The New Year’s Gift of the James Enterprizes (sic) to Clintonville and Columbus.”

The ad also noted that “Once again, the James interests present Columbus with a new theater which is a marvel of utility and beauty. 1500 seats, $30,000 organ. Full-sized stage. First Carrier ventilation system in Ohio.”

So, the 1500 seat count given by UNKNOWN USER in 2003 was correct.

Hibi on July 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

None of the picturs show any balcony. I wonder if it still exists?

Mark_L on July 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

There was also a remodeling done in mid 1947 that closed the theatre for a number of weeks. It reopened on 10/17/1947. There were plans for a further remodeling in 1972, but the theatre was sold before that could take place.

I have seen 2 different seat counts for this theatre: 997 & 1500. Looks like time for more research on this!

Retroguy, many thanks for posting that article from This Week. Much good information in there.