3016 E. Broad Street,
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Previously operated by: Academy Operating Co.
Firms: F & Y Building Service
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Carousel East
Located in the Eastmoor neighborhood of Columbus, the Esquire Theatre was designed by F & Y Building Service for the Samson Operating Company in 1946. The façade features vaguely Art Deco style terra-cotta, random ashlar masonry and a handsome triangle marquee in an unusual asymmetrical design. It was opened on May 1, 1947 with the Marx Brothers in “A Night in Casablanca” and Richard Dix in “The Thirteenth Hour”.
The interior was richly articulated with cove lights, serpentine walls, polychrome painting, and moderne styled furniture. The seats were arranged in three sections (no center aisle) in a somewhat low, but none-the-less elegant one-story auditorium.
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