Northland Cinema

1865 Morse Road,
Columbus, OH 43229

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Northland Cinema

The Northland Cinema was opened on August 13, 1964. It was purchased by General Cinema from Modern Theatres around 1971 and was part of a package deal that included the Eastland Cinema and University Flick here in Columbus and the Mercury Cinema and Mayland Cinema in Cleveland. It was closed on April 21, 1985.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 20, 2010 at 12:48 am

How many separate stage auditoriums will they have in the JC Penney building?

Mark_L on February 20, 2010 at 12:55 am

One 800 seat room, able to accomodate 1,500 standing
Can be configured in almost any way

1 – 50 seat room, possibly for children’s theatre

Article here:
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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 20, 2010 at 1:02 am

Opening this April, according to the article.

DennisBee on August 29, 2011 at 12:33 am

Northland Cinema (1964-c.early ‘80s) was not only Columbus’s first suburban first-run theater, it was also Central Ohio’s first mall cinema. It opened with the mall, which was enclosed in the early '70s. Its first attraction was GOOD NEIGHBOR SAM, a Columbia comedy starring Jack Lemmon. It got into the roadshow business in Jan. 1965 with MARY POPPINS, followed in April by THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which played Northland until Nov. 1966. The first film I saw at Northland, which for my family involved a trip far across town, was THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE in July 1967. I was 13.

These first suburban theaters were transitional—somewhere between a downtown movie palace and the multiplexes that would be everywhere ten years after these single-auditorium places were built The cinema was twinned in the mid-‘70s, around the same time it was bought from its local owners by General Cinema. GCC closed it in the '80s to open a free-standing eight-cinema multiplex in Dec. '85. The first film I saw there was THE COLOR PURPLE.

Mark_L on August 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Dennis, my introduction to the new NORTHLAND 8 was also at COLOR PURPLE. First time in a THX theatre and first time hearing DEEP NOTE. I’ll try to get that location up on Cinema Treasures soon.

canibfrankwithyou on September 19, 2011 at 2:38 am

This cinema was among the first to have installed the “EPRAD” Sword System which was designed to run movies completely unatended. The film would be equally divided between two projectors on large reels then threaded onto the two projectors. After an automated changeover from projector 1 to projector 2, projector 1 remains threaded to reverse and stop at the begining of the feature and waits for the next timed restart cue from the program timer. Projectors are modified to release film tension in the film gate during reverse function. Also a 10% increased speed in reverse is available in case film is not equally biased. The automation had other capabilities outside the booth such as theatre lighting, popcorn warmers, sound systems, etc.

Mark_L on September 19, 2011 at 2:44 am

Canibfrankwithyou, are you mixing up Northland and Cinema North? I know there was a Sword system at Cinema North, and it was just east of Northland.

Mark_L on September 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Northland Cinema closed on 4/21/1985 with showings of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Porky’s and Care Bears. The ad noted that this theatre was closing and that a new 8-plex would be opened later in the year.

Coate on April 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at Northland. With a reserved-seat run of 84 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of more than 70 engagements in North America that ran the movie longer than one year.

“The Sound of Music” also was the second of two consecutive long-running Julie Andrews movies to play this venue during 1965-66. That two-year period must’ve been bliss or hell for local moviegoers depending on whether or not they were a fan of Julie!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2020 at 7:19 am

Boxoffice of August 24, 1964, said that the Northland Cinema in Columbus had held its public opening on August 13. Originally a single-screen house operated by Cincinnati Theatres Co., the Northland featured a screen 60x25 feet and planned to show first-run movies.

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