Livingston Theatre

1567 East Livingston Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43205

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The Livingston Theatre was a neighborhood theatre that opened in 1946 on the east side of Columbus. The marquee still has “Livingston” in stainless steel letters across the front of the building.

The theatre closed, I think, in the 1970’s after serving some time as an adult theatre. The Flex Club, a gay bath house, occupied the theatre now until late-2011. In late-2012 proposals were made to renovate the theatre.

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Mark_L on November 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Property was taken over in 2/11 by a local man who owns a variety of properties. He now owns the entire block that houses the Livingston and the parking lot west of the building. I can’t find any recent occupant, and I did find a site confirming that Flex Baths had closed.

Flash_C on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 am

Ownership of The Livingston Theater has once again changed hands and is in the process of holding events that will go towards the restoration of it. As the last post suggested it is indeed true that the Flex bathhouse did in fact close. The other end of the building adjacent to the theater is a bathhouse currently, called H2O Spa, however The Livingston Theater is a separate establishment. Various events will be held at the theater and it is available to be rented for those looking for a large capacity facility in order to hold events. It hosts a huge stage area as well as a balcony area.

Flash_C on August 31, 2012 at 4:07 am

To be fair I should elaborate, Flex is still in business, just not in Columbus any longer. They do operate a facility in Cleveland.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 31, 2012 at 4:25 am

Does it still look like a movie or stage theatre inside, with the original raked seating? What sort of events will it host once it is restored?

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 1:59 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!

Keith on January 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

Nov 10 2012 a show what held at the theater to help raise funds to restore it. Good to hear.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

What organization is trying to restore it, and what sort of entertainment do they plan to have?

GAYWHORE111 on January 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm

In 2011;the new occupants of the bathhouse portion (H2O Spa) along with community leaders created a non-profit (Livingston Theater Association) to raise money to restore and preserve the building. Several fund raisers were held; the last of which was in November 2012. Unfortunately; the new owner of the building pocketed all of the revenue from the events and left the organization with all of the debts. The owner is on trial for unrelated criminal activity and the building is currently in foreclosure by the Franklin County Treasurer for unpaid taxes. Unfortunately, the deteriorating condition of the building will only certainly assure that the building is condemned and torn down. H2O moved due to a roof collapse and severe water damage in the building after City engineers deemed it unsafe.

meheuck on March 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Well, if it does come down, I hope someone saves all that beautiful glass block, recycles it in another building. Dammit.

Mark_L on April 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm

The theatre became the GAYETY for the first time on 7/9/65.

I’m very sad that the theatre is in such bad shape. I was hoping that I could get inside one more time before it goes away.

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