500 Broadway Street,
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Columbia Theatre (Official)
Architects: W. Earl Gore
News About This Theater
The 1,200-seat Columbia Theatre stands as a testament to America’s love for movies and theatre in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Opening on April 18, 1927 with Clara Bow in “It”. Organist Jack Adams played the Barton 2 manual 7 ranks organ. The brick building has an elaborate façade of blue/white terra cotta tiles. The façade displays eclectic assortment of architectural details, including spiralled Byzantine columns, classical urns, friezes and capitals and busts of Greek goddesses. This theatre in its day was an elegant and exquisite delight. In 1937 the Barton organ was destroyed in the Ohio River flood. In 1952 the interior of the auditorium was given a new look in the Skouras style.
It was twinned by creating a second screen in the balcony, which was extended forward. The second screen, Columbia II, was opened January 29, 1976. The twin screen Columbia Theatre was closed in 1987. Today it needs someone to restore it to its grandeur.
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