2621 Vine Street,
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Previously operated by: Mid-States Theaters Inc.
Firms: Stewart & Stewart
Previous Names: Norland Plaza Nickelodeon, Columbia Theatre, Nordland Theatre
The theatre began as the Nordland Plaza Nickelodeon and Vaudeville Stage, in 1910. By 1925 it had been renamed Columbia Theatre, and had closed by 1930. It finished as the Nordland Theatre operating as movie house until 1955. After the 1950’s it served several purposes, including the Inner Circle Restaurant in 1965, which didn’t last long. Surviving today as a popular concert venue named Bogarts, catering for the college crowd from the nearby University of Cincinnati. Its exterior is well maintained nearly as it was from the nickelodeon era.
Originally the lobby was open to the sidewalk, but early in its operation an enclosed lobby was added. The stage-house where vaudeville acts performed in the early years is today the site of rock band activity and most seats have been removed to allow the audience to stand during the music events.
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