Livingston Theatre

1567 E. Livingston Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43205

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Architects: Larry Alcox, Fred W. Stritzel

Firms: Alcox & Stritzel

Functions: Housing

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Gayety-Livingstone Theatre

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Livingston Theatre

The Livingston Theatre was a neighborhood theatre that opened in 1946 on the east side of Columbus. The marquee still has “Livingston” in stainless steel letters across the front of the building.

On July 9, 1965 it was renamed Gayety-Livingstone Theatre, playing gay adult movies. By 1976 it became the Club Columbus Baths, a gay bathhouse, which later was renamed The Flex Club, still a gay bath house, which occupied the theatre until late-2011. In late-2012 proposals were made to renovate the theatre. In early-2019 the auditorium was demolished and senior housing will be built on the site. The fa├žade has been saved.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

Recent comments (view all 43 comments)

meheuck on March 26, 2014 at 12:14 am

Well, if it does come down, I hope someone saves all that beautiful glass block, recycles it in another building. Dammit.

Mark_L on April 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

The theatre became the GAYETY for the first time on 7/9/65.

I’m very sad that the theatre is in such bad shape. I was hoping that I could get inside one more time before it goes away.

Keith on April 11, 2015 at 4:20 am

For sale. 349 grand.

Mark_L on April 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

That would probably include the old drug store and the Livingston Enterprises building also.

COSL1567 on November 9, 2015 at 6:49 pm

The building is now undergoing renovations to open a 57 bed sober living/recovery center. Grand Opening slated for November 21, 2015. For more information contact: 614-725-2005 or email

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 9, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Will it still have a performance stage?

COSL1567 on December 11, 2015 at 5:06 am

Yes, the Theater still has its performance stage. Central Ohio Sober Living will not be changing the theater portion of the building. We are currently seeking ideas for use of the theater portion of the building. if you have any ideas or would like to submit a proposal for usage, send to

Keith on June 24, 2019 at 1:58 am

I drove past yesterday. Construction has begun on a low income senior appartment complex called The Livingston. The theaters facade has been saved and will be incorporated into the design. Uploaded photo.

Keith on October 20, 2020 at 4:29 am

The facade has been restored. New paint new Neon and classic movie posters hung up.

rivest266 on November 12, 2021 at 10:47 pm

This became the Gayety showing adult movies on July 9th, 1965. Grand opening ad posted.

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