Markham Theater

1320 S. High Street,
Columbus, OH

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The Markham was a large neighborhood theater located on S. High Street just south of German Village. The front facade was green and black tiled and the marquee was Art Deco I think. It had no balcony, but private glassed-in screening rooms on either side of the projection booth. I recall one writer telling these were used for crying babies and the like. The auditorium was long and wide.

The Markham spent its last years as an adult theater, and was demolished for a parking lot for a neighboring funeral home.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 7, 2005 at 1:48 pm

In its final declining years as an X-rated house, the Markham was actually renamed to “Adult Theatre”.

kmmcdonald
kmmcdonald on October 14, 2006 at 5:20 am

I believe that the Markham was owned by the same person who owned the Livingston Theater: Fred Rollins. I know this because my father moonlighted as a part time manager of the Livingston Theater, and, altough a child, I was an acquaintance of Fred Rollins.

mack
mack on July 31, 2007 at 3:07 am

I saw a fun movie at this theater in July of 1966 with my brother. I was ten years old at the time. It was “Around The World Under The Sea” and I still even now remember the previews of coming attractions. They were “The Spy With My Face,” a “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” two-parter tv episode and “Hold On” with Herman’s Hermits. It was a Saturday so my dad dropped us off and picked us up after the show.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 31, 2007 at 10:40 pm

In 1963, the Markham was part of the J. Real Neth Theater chain. President was Leo Yassenoff and vice president was Milton Yassenoff. Other Neth theaters in Columbus were the Cameo, Clinton, Eastern, Lincoln and State.

John3570
John3570 on September 30, 2011 at 6:39 am

It was built for and opened as the Markham Theatre by J.Real Neff. It was originally a first class theatre with fine furnishings an Western Electric Sound. Neff named it in honor of his mother, Markham was her madden name. There was a bronze plaque in the lobby about his mother. The Neff circuit was sold to Leo Yassenoff’s Academy theatres. After Leo’s passing, it was rented to Winston Willis of Cleveland and operated as “The Adult”. The neon was removed from the large vertical sign, painted black and “ADULT” was painted in red. There were two rooms on the second level, one on each side of the booth. The right one was the “hard of hearing room” and had a series of jacks to plug in headsets. The left was the “cry room” where ladies were asked to go if their child was fussy. The screen area was neat. It had a large velour grand drape that opened first revealing a white “title curtain” that was opened when the distributor’s title appeared. It closed at the end of the lease, as the Yassenoff Foundation chose not to renew. It was later demolished and is now a parking lot and green space for the funeral home next door.

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