1986 N. High Street,
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Firms: F & Y Building Service
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: University Theatre
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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