University Flick

1986 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH 43201

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Previously operated by: Academy Operating Co., General Cinema Corp.

Firms: F & Y Building Service

Functions: Restaurant

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: University Theatre

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University Flick

Located across from Ohio State University, the building has a mural of a past famous OSU football player still intact, although the building has been a restaurant and other businesses for several years. The marquee still advertises the current tenants.

The Academy Operating Co. chain opened the University Theater on March 24, 1947 with Larry Parks in “The Jolson Story”. With seating for 1,000, all on a single floor, it was equipped with a Hammond electric organ which was opened by organist Roger Garrett. The foyer featured a mural of Charles W.(Chic) Harley Jr., Ohio State’s first and most famous All-American football player.

General Cinemas acquired and twinned the University Theater in the 1970’s. I remember seeing “Woodstock” and the re-release of “Fantasia” through the smoke ;) before it was twinned. It was dropped by General Cinema in 1980. On June 19, 1991 it reopened as University Flick.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 6, 2005 at 2:18 pm

The address was 1980 North High Street.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 9, 2005 at 6:20 am

This building now contains two side-by-side restaurants, Penn Station East Coast Subs and Moe’s Southwest Grill. It is no longer easily recognizable as a former theatre.

After reviewing some Columbus Dispatch microfilm archives, I have to retract an earlier statement. This theatre was renamed from ‘University Theatre’ to ‘University Flick’ some time before it was sold to General Cinemas. The chain that owned this theatre, as well as the Northland and Eastland mall cinemas, used a distinctive hexagonal logo in its newspaper ads.

And yes, movies are coming back to North High Street. The ‘Gateway’ cinema, which will be part of the local Drexel chain, is now under construction on the east side of High, opposite 10th Street. It will be next door to the new Barnes & Noble which is replacing Long’s Bookstore next week.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 10, 2005 at 4:54 am

In the absence of High Street movie theatres, OSU students are probably patronizing the 24-screen AMC Lennox Town Center megaplex, just across the Olentangy River from campus. This strip mall has other attractions for students, too: an Old Navy, a large Barnes & Noble, a Target, and a Staples. The local transit authority runs a frequent late-night bus from OSU to Lennox.

While in the Ohio Union this week, I also saw advertisements from the Arena Grand theatre downtown, offering tickets to OSU students for $3.

Neither the AMC Lennox Town Center nor the Arena Grand are listed here at CinemaTreasures.

kencmcintyre on November 14, 2008 at 8:58 pm

It looks like the restaurant was Moe’s Southwest Grill, a chain place. This location is no longer on Moe’s website, though. A used record store is currently advertising at 1980 N. High Street.

seymourcox on July 31, 2009 at 6:24 pm

LIFE 1948 lobby view,
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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

The University Theatre and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres

DAK8601 on December 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

“Star Wars” played at the University Flick for 41 weeks! It opened there June 24, 1977 and didn’t close until April 6, 1978.

rivest266 on November 11, 2021 at 8:55 pm

Teaser grand opening ad posed.

rivest266 on November 14, 2021 at 2:48 pm

The University Flick, after being dropped by General Cinema in 1980 became the Movies on June 19th, 1981. Another ad posted.

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