500 Broadway Street,
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The Columbia Theatre stands as a testament to America’s love for movies and theatre in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The 1927 built, brick building has an elaborate facade of blue/white terra cotta tiles. The facade displays eclectic assortment of architectural details, including spiraled Byzantine columns, classical urns, friezes and capitals and busts of Greek goddesses. This theatre in its day was an elegant and exquisite delight… Today needs someone to restore it to its grandeur.
The 1,200-seat Columbia Theatre was opened on April 18, 1927 with Clara Bow in “IT”. Jack Adams played the Barton organ. It was twinned by creating a second screen in the balcony, which was extended forward. The second screen, Columbia II, was opened January 29. 1976. The twin screen Columbia Theatre was still open in 1983.
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