College Cinema

1312 W. 5th Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43212

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Academy Operating Co.

Firms: F & Y Building Service

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Boulevard Theatre

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The Boulevard Theatre opened on December 21, 1940 with William Powell in “I Love You Again”. The façade had deep sweeping curves, covered in terra cotta tiles. There was huge vertical tower feature upon which was mounted the theatre name.

Re-named College Cinema in 1967, it was closed in 1977.

A Taco Bell restaurant is now located at this address.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Mark_L on September 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Became known as the COLLEGE theatre in 1967. Closed in late 1977. Theatre was NOT owned by Loews.

Source: Columbus Dispatch Newspaper Archive

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Wonder what theatre in Columbus played “GOODBYE,COLUMBUS”?

Mark_L on September 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

It played at the Drexel (which actually is in Bexley, OH, an east side suburb).

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

In newspaper ads of the time, I recall the name being ‘College Cinema’ rather than ‘Theatre’.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

This was part of the local ‘Academy Theatres’ chain, which also included the Clinton, Beechwold (later Camelot North), Esquire (later Carousel East), and other second-run neighborhood theatres.

Mark_L on November 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Ron is correct. It should be College Cinema. Source: Columbus Dispatch Newspaper Movie Listings 7/1/1972

Mark_L on November 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

The Boulevard closed on 4/11/1967 showing LET’S KILL UNCLE & INCIDENT AT PHANTOM HILL. The College Cinema opened on 9/27/1967 with DIRTY DOZEN.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2010 at 11:27 am

Here is a 1940 photo of the Boulevard Theatre from the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Click on the “2” where it says “view other images” to see a night shot of the theater’s marquee.

chas72 on July 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Thanks for all the comments I am amased that some remembers . I worked at the College Cinema from 69-72 when Leo Yassenoff own the Academy group. It was a really fun timeand most of my fellow emplyees I am still in touch with.

rivest266 on November 11, 2021 at 11:39 pm

This opened on December 21st, 1940. Grand opening ad posted.

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