Goodale Theatre

645 W. Goodale Street at Delaware Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43215

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Previous Names: Savoia Theatre

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A neighborhood second-run theatre located on the north edge of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Originally named the Savoia Theatre, according to Phil Sheridan, it opened in 1913. An article in The Columbus Citizen , page 9B, Friday, October 8, 1937, “Savoia Theater Acquired By Central States, Inc. Renamed” details the remodeling of the theater into the Goodale Theatre. The new theater reopened on Friday, October 29, 1937 and later closed in the summer of 1950.

Contributed by Dow Ellis

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Do we have the right address for this theater, or has Google Maps gone off the rails? I’m sure the Goodale Theatre was not a showboat moored in the Olentangy River, but that’s where Google Maps puts it. What’s left of Delaware Avenue almost intersects W. Goodale Street in the latter’s 300 block. To further confuse things, CinemaTour places the Goodale Theatre on High Street, but without an address. I’m puzzled.

Mark_L on January 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Proper Address is 649 Delaware Avenue. This address is from daily theatre listings in the Columbus Dispatch.

There was significant development in this area in the 50’s and 60’s, so Delaware Avenue no longer exists south of Buttles Ave. According to map of the area from around 1950, Delaware Ave. was 2 blocks west of Neil Avenue.

You can approximate the location of the theatre with the address of 404 Thurber Drive W (43215). The theatre would have been at the SE corner of this property. It is now an apartment complex.

My records begin in 1945 and the Goodale was not open then. The first operating date I can find after 1945 was 10/6/1946.

Closing Date – 8/26/1950

Mark_L on February 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Interesting that the article posted in the photo section by dbellis shows an address of 645 W. Goodale. When the theatre reopened in 1946 after a closure, the Columbus Dispatch lists the 649 Delaware address until the final closing in 1950.

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