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
Mark_L on March 10, 2011 at 2:52 am

The bomb exploded on the roof of the building on 4/8/1962. The Projectionist’s Local had struck the theatre on 3/3/62 over wages and working hours. The bomb exploded about 25 minutes after the last employee left the building. It was apparently thrown from an alley adjacent to the theatre. Had it been thrown 4 feet farther, it would have done severe damage to the projection booth.

Mark_L
Mark_L on March 10, 2011 at 4:31 am

Please do not imply from my post above that there is proof that the projectionist union was responsible for the bombing. To my knowledge, the persons responsible were never apprehended.

Chevy1950
Chevy1950 on February 7, 2012 at 12:06 am

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
ChasSmith on April 1, 2012 at 5:36 am

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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