Livingston Theatre

1567 E. Livingston Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43205

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Livingston Theatre

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. In early-2019 the auditorium was demolished and senior housing will be built on the site. The facade has been saved.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

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

GAYWHORE111 on January 22, 2014 at 3:12 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 5:14 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 11:09 am

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.

Keith on April 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm

For sale. 349 grand.

Mark_L on April 11, 2015 at 5:22 am

That would probably include the old drug store and the Livingston Enterprises building also.

COSL1567 on November 9, 2015 at 10:49 am

The building is now undergoing renovations to open a 57 bed sober living/recovery center. Grand Opening slated for November 21, 2015. For more information contact: 614-725-2005 or email

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 9, 2015 at 10:50 am

Will it still have a performance stage?

COSL1567 on December 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Yes, the Theater still has its performance stage. Central Ohio Sober Living will not be changing the theater portion of the building. We are currently seeking ideas for use of the theater portion of the building. if you have any ideas or would like to submit a proposal for usage, send to

Keith on June 23, 2019 at 5:58 pm

I drove past yesterday. Construction has begun on a low income senior appartment complex called The Livingston. The theaters facade has been saved and will be incorporated into the design. Uploaded photo.

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