University Theater

1980 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH 43201

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University Theater

Located across from Ohio State University, the building has a mural of a past famous OSU football player still intact, although the building has been a restaurant and other businesses for several years. The marquee still advertises the current tenants.

The University Theater was opened in 1947, with seating for 1,000, all on a single floor. It was equipped with a Hammond electric organ. The foyer featured a mural of Charles W.(Chic) Harley Jr., Ohio State’s first and most famous All-American foorball player.

General Cinemas acquired and twinned the University Theater in the 1970’s. I remember seeing “Woodstock” and the re-release of “Fantasia” through the smoke ;) before it was twinned.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 9, 2004 at 6:42 am

When General Cinemas bought it they changed the name from “University Theatre” to “University Flick”.

It’s sad that there are no longer any movie theaters on High Street across from Ohio State.

Hibi on January 5, 2005 at 5:05 am

That’s for sure. A huge university, and not one theater in the district. There are plans for the Drexel group to open a multiplex in the Gateway project on south campus soon. I hope they make it.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 6, 2005 at 11:18 am

The address was 1980 North High Street.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 9, 2005 at 3:20 am

This building now contains two side-by-side restaurants, Penn Station East Coast Subs and Moe’s Southwest Grill. It is no longer easily recognizable as a former theatre.

After reviewing some Columbus Dispatch microfilm archives, I have to retract an earlier statement. This theatre was renamed from ‘University Theatre’ to ‘University Flick’ some time before it was sold to General Cinemas. The chain that owned this theatre, as well as the Northland and Eastland mall cinemas, used a distinctive hexagonal logo in its newspaper ads.

And yes, movies are coming back to North High Street. The ‘Gateway’ cinema, which will be part of the local Drexel chain, is now under construction on the east side of High, opposite 10th Street. It will be next door to the new Barnes & Noble which is replacing Long’s Bookstore next week.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 10, 2005 at 1:54 am

In the absence of High Street movie theatres, OSU students are probably patronizing the 24-screen AMC Lennox Town Center megaplex, just across the Olentangy River from campus. This strip mall has other attractions for students, too: an Old Navy, a large Barnes & Noble, a Target, and a Staples. The local transit authority runs a frequent late-night bus from OSU to Lennox.

While in the Ohio Union this week, I also saw advertisements from the Arena Grand theatre downtown, offering tickets to OSU students for $3.

Neither the AMC Lennox Town Center nor the Arena Grand are listed here at CinemaTreasures.

kencmcintyre on November 14, 2008 at 5:58 pm

It looks like the restaurant was Moe’s Southwest Grill, a chain place. This location is no longer on Moe’s website, though. A used record store is currently advertising at 1980 N. High Street.

seymourcox on July 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm

LIFE 1948 lobby view,
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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 19, 2010 at 7:32 am

The University Theatre and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres

DAK8601 on December 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

“Star Wars” played at the University Flick for 41 weeks! It opened there June 24, 1977 and didn’t close until April 6, 1978.

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