Athena Cinema

20 S. Court Street,
Athens, OH 45701

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DavidZornig on November 23, 2018 at 10:56 pm

May 1968 photo & description added credit Mark Howell.

Texas2step on December 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

This theatre opened June 3, 1915 as the Majestic Theatre. The information is located on the Athena Cinema Website.

canibfrankwithyou on September 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Remember Court St. being closed to allow the helicopter hoist of the HVAC Roof top units. Stationary crane did not have adequate reach!

canibfrankwithyou on September 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I was involved in providing the updated projection & sound equipment for the two previous owners. Once when the 1300 seat theatre was trisected & once again after the popcorn machine fire! Installed “DOLBY” Digital Audio in Balcony Screening Room.

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Karen Colizzi Noonan on February 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Chris, Could you please contact me through my email link? I am looking at theaters which have been purchased by colleges or universities. Thanks. Karen

DonSolosan on February 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Chris, please tell Ruth that Don Solosan said hello. I met my ex-wife in a class she taught at U of Michigan, and the fact that Ruth moved down to Athens was a big reason why we looked at Ohio U and ended up applying there.

Glad to hear that the Athens Film & Video Festival is still going strong.

unitike on January 26, 2009 at 7:58 am

Don – I think Mr. Butler still has that print :)

As for the Athena, it reopened under Ohio University management in September. Dr. Ruth Bradley and I run the place and we’re programming a mix of contemporary art films and classics from around the world. It will again host the 2009 Athens International Film and Video Festival in April as it has for decades.

DonSolosan on September 13, 2008 at 10:41 am

When I arrived in Athens in the Fall of 1988, the Athena had just suffered a fire — started, if I remember correctly, by the popcorn machine. Later on, a few of the undergrads got permission to salvage the print of the movie they had been showing, Rambo III, which had ended up dumped on the floor of the projection room. They cleaned it up and we screened it in the School of Film’s sound mixing theater.

At that time, the town had no theaters, as the Varsity across the street was in the process of being turned into the world’s largest Taco Bell.

The Athena reopened in 1990. I remember seeing Die Hard 2 upstairs in one of the theater’s two converted balcony screening rooms, and Cyrano de Bergerac downstairs as part of the Athens Film & Video Festival.

By the way, the description above is no longer correct. Athens now has a multiplex called the Athena Grand located out on State Street.

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Karen Colizzi Noonan on September 12, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for the updated photo, Lost Memory. No contest, hunh?

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Karen Colizzi Noonan on June 25, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Gee thanks! I forgot that i had asked the question. This is just about the most stunning small town theater marquee ever. And the photo is the jewel of my Schine collection.

Thanks again, MBD!


mdvoskin on June 24, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Does anyone know if this ss this the former Schine Athena Theater?

Yep, that’s it. That marquee was on the building up until around 1970.

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Karen Colizzi Noonan on February 25, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Does anyone know if this ss this the former Schine Athena Theater?

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movingpictureop on December 11, 2006 at 11:24 pm

mr frank nolan was my main boss when i worked as projectionist at town country drive in colton ohio also dont forget grove drive in jackson. ran strong carbon 11mm at town country also the ATHENA was owend by schine theatres out of new york plus strand in delware was in same co. worked at strand as union op jhm

mdvoskin on October 25, 2005 at 4:51 am

I worked there in the early 1970’s. It was a great 1200 single screen theatre with a huge balcony. The owner had pictures in the office of various big name stars like Bob Hope standing in front of the theatre. At the time, the theatre was owned by a local company called University Cinemas, which also owned the Valley Drive-in (Athens) and the Town & Country Drive-in (Jackson County).

willc1976 on October 3, 2005 at 8:32 am

Athena Cinema is a 3 screen cinema.

willc1976 on October 3, 2005 at 8:29 am

Athena Cinema in Athens, Ohio is under new management. The Athena Cinema will remain open and show more art films and midnight movies. Athena Grand, located on East State St., will run new releases and offer stadium style seating. The official website for the Athena Cinema and the brand new, 11 theater cinema, Athena Grand is

UA80 on July 9, 2005 at 9:08 am

Classic lost it’s lease they didn’t sell the site. My bad A 5PLEX IS FOR SALE IN Delaware, Oh. Chillicothe will close.

UA80 on July 9, 2005 at 9:06 am

Here is link to the story:
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UA80 on July 9, 2005 at 9:03 am

Classic Theatres has sold Athena Theatre. Classic Theatres is closing it’s final two locations.