Garden Theatre

1187 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH 43201

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Located in the Victorian Village area. The Apollo Theatre was opened prior to 1925, 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, it became 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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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Why is the capacity reduced from the original 643? Has a balcony been removed?

meheuck
meheuck on October 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

According to this article, apparently the balcony is gone:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/short-north-stage-to-reopen-garden-theatre-as-arts-venue-in-2012

“The auditorium, though, has largely been gutted. The seats were removed long ago and the balcony was torn down. The classic proscenium is in shabby shape. But the potential is enormous…[We can] convert the Garden into a state-of-the-art performance space with almost 300 seats…During the first phase we will create a 99-seat house with a platform stage within the larger auditorium. This will enable us to offer small-scale performances relatively soon—perhaps by this fall.”

Sounds a little like what went down with the former Culver theatre, which is now the Kirk Douglas theatre in Culver City – it will have a mainstage up front, but for the time being, they’re doing live stuff in a 99-seat room sitting at the back of the auditorium.

meheuck
meheuck on October 19, 2011 at 3:06 am

I’m sorry, that assessment was wrong: it will be nothing like the old Culver – there will be one performance space, not two. Reading more carefully, what I should have said is that right now, they have only installed 99 seats in the auditorium while they go about the renovations, and that 300 seats will be the ultimate capacity of the room when it is finished.

Hibi
Hibi on November 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

So happy to see this theater put to use. It has been sitting there idle for many years. I’ve always wondered what it looked like inside. The theater was still open when I moved to town, but was showing porn then so I never did get inside. A shame the balcony is gone. A local theater company put on a production of Follies recently. I hope they make a go of it. Parking is a real problem in that area………

CBTemple
CBTemple on April 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

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!

FRANKCLARK
FRANKCLARK on May 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm

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 10:06 am

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 11:07 am

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

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on January 18, 2014 at 12:35 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 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

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

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