Hunt's Cinestage Theatre

217 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH 43215

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Another big downtown theater that hosted the Road Show reserved seats blockbusters in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I think I can recall “My Fair Lady” and “Dr. Zhivago” both playing there well over a year. It was located on North High Street near Spring Street, and was demolished for either part of the Nationwide Insurance Complex or a State office tower. By the time I saw it, it had been modernized. Any info of its early years would be appreciated.

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Mark_L on April 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Charles, it could have been any of them…the Ohio, Palace or the Cinestage. According to list on the Grand Cinerama, it did not play there.

SOUND OF MUSIC was not a current release by 1968 and any of these locations could have picked it up as a re-release.

For the record, the original Columbus run was at Northland.

shridere on February 8, 2013 at 2:23 am

I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey at Hunt’s Cinestage

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 8, 2013 at 2:27 am

Are you sure? I saw it at the Grand Cinerama.

Mikeoaklandpark on February 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Is this the same Hunt’s theater chain that owned all the movie theaters in Wildwood New Jersey?

MovieMad52 on April 1, 2014 at 1:34 am

No Mike, the other theatre it ran was the Hunt’s McCook in Dayton, Ohio.

MarkDHite on May 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm

2001 played at the Grand. But maybe it had a later run at Hunt’s? Although I don’t remember the Cinestage as running anything except as first-run.

patryan6019 on November 4, 2014 at 3:59 am

MarkDHite…The Cinestage played 2001 in 70 mm starting Nov 11 1970 between Patton and Song of Norway.

MovieMad52 on November 4, 2014 at 6:35 am

Herman Hunt was the exhibitor who ran the Cinestage and McCook.

RSM3853 on September 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

ChasSmith – the Cinestage had “The Sound of Music” in August-September 1969.

ChasSmith on September 30, 2015 at 5:07 am

I appreciate that info! It’s very helpful and means a lot. Thank you!

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