Garden Theatre

1187 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH 43201

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Functions: Live Performances, Movies

Styles: Atmospheric

Previous Names: Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 614.725.4042

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Garden Theatre

Located in the Victorian Village area. The Garden Theatre was opened November 25, 1920 with Lewis Sargent in “The Soul of Youth”. It was re-named Lincoln Theatre by 1928. It was operating as the Garden Theatre prior to 1941, and had a capacity for 643. After closing as a movie theatre, by June 1979 it had become a burlesque venue. In recent years it has been a church.

In September 2011, it reopened as a live performance venue, also with movie use and as a wedding venue. Currently seating 138, money is being raised for further renovations and to increase the seating capacity to 300.

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Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

CBTemple
CBTemple on April 17, 2012 at 12:12 am

Nice to see this page! It brings back some fond memories of a theater I (literally) grew up in! My great-aunt, Ethel Miles, played the organ here for silent films in the 20’s before buying it as the first of the many theatres she and her husband Walter eventually owned. It was very family-friendly during their tenure, where I saw Elvis’s films, Disney films, and some horror films (The Blob; The Creature). My first job was working the concession stand with my great-grandmother! Thanks for the memories!

Frankie Clark Sr.
Frankie Clark Sr. on May 24, 2012 at 1:51 am

I work in 1956 – 1959 AT THE GARDEN Theatre 1187 n. high street if any body want to get hold of me you can send me email at OR CALL AT 720-496-5418

Keith
Keith on June 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Starting June 9th, movies return to the Garden Theater for the first time in over 20 years! http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/369460523120708/

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Will this be actual film projection, as opposed to DVD?

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on January 18, 2014 at 2:35 am

This is wonderful what is happening with this theatre. I wish it and the owners, performers and patrons all the best and continued success in this endeavor!

According to the TheatreOrgans.com Searchable Opus List Database of original installations, the Garden Theatre had a Wurlitzer model D theatre pipe organ, opus 1508, installed on November 15, 1926.

The D had two manuals and six ranks (with a horseshoe console), also featuring four tuned percussions and 20 traps and sound effects.

This model is considered by some aficionados to be one of the most versatile of the small Wurlitzer theatre pipe organs, not requiring any “hot-rodding” or expansion to suit their tastes.

Anyway, this organ was, at some point, repossessed by Wurlitzer, and the last I know of it, it was installed in the residence of a Mr. Howard Hundley in Charleston, West Virginia (as of January 13, 1933). I do not know if it is still there, or where it is now, although I would love to hear from anyone else with knowledge of the present-day whereabouts of this organ, or at least of its parts.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on May 16, 2014 at 12:41 am

If you go back to 1925 this was the Apollo Theatre and by 1928 was renamed the Lincoln before becoming the Garden.

atmos
atmos on May 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

I found an opening date for this theatre of 25 Nov 1926 which coincides with the installation of the Wurlitzer organ.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on April 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Website: http://www.shortnorthstage.org/

Frankie Clark Sr.
Frankie Clark Sr. on May 5, 2020 at 9:19 pm

Frankie Clark Sr. on May 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm (remove) I work in 1956 – 1959 AT THE GARDEN Theatre 1187 n. high street if any body want to get hold of me you can send me email at OR CALL AT 303-955-6794

rivest266
rivest266 on November 10, 2021 at 10:26 pm

The Garden theatre opened on November 25th, 1920. Grand opening ad posted.

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