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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shridere
shridere on February 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

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

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on March 31, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on May 24, 2014 at 9:17 am

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
patryan6019 on November 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on November 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

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

RSM3853
RSM3853 on September 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm

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

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on September 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm

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

Mark_L
Mark_L on October 27, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Regarding 2001 at the Cinestage, it also played a short 1-week run from 3-8-72 to 3-14-72. This was about a month before the theatre closed.

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