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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Chevy1950 on February 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I still have the half-ticket stub from when I was 13 and my brother took me to see “Lawrence of Arabia” at Hunt’s Cinestage on September 7th 1963. The wide screen and incredible sound system made me duck when the biplanes first “strafed the audience! I THINK I saw Patton there, too, but not sure.

ChasSmith on March 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I’m wondering if Hunt’s Cinestage is the theater that was running “The Sound of Music” at some point in the 1968-1969 time frame — and if not, which downtown Columbus theater might have been the one.

Mark_L on April 1, 2012 at 5:47 am

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 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 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 on March 31, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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

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 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 on November 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

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

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