5th Avenue Theater

574 E. 5th Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43201

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Firms: F & Y Building Service

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A neighborhood second-run theater in the Linden area (near northside) of Columbus, Ohio. It was located across the street from the Timken plant. According to Phil Sheridan and Myron Seifert, the 5th Avenue Theater opened in 1920. It was remodelled in 1937 to the plans of architectural firm F & Y Building Service. The last Columbus Citizen showtime listing was in early-1951 (winter).

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Mark_L on January 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

From looking at theatre listings from the Columbus Dispatch from 1946 – 1951, it appears that this theatre was not open during the summers.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm

An ad for the F & Y Building Service in the October 27, 1938, issue of the Boone County Recorder (PDF here) listed the Fifth Avenue Theatre as one of five Columbus houses it had designed.

If this house originally opened in 1920 then the project by F & Y must have been a remodeling or a replacement. I don’t think the company began designing and building theaters until the mid-1930s, though F & Y Construction had been in business since the 1910s.

In the ad uploaded by dbellis54 the text says “Have you seen the New Fifth Ave.? Modern!” which suggests a recent remodeling. The movie advertised, Born to Dance was released in the U.S. on November 27, 1936, according to IMDb, so the ad for this sub-run house probably dates from well into 1937. It’s likely that this was the theater that F & Y worked on in the 1930s.

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