Russell Theatre

1822 Parsons Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43207

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Previous Names: Innis Theatre

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Russell Theatre

A neighborhood second-run theatre on the southside of Columbus,Ohio. The original movie theatre was named the Innis Theatre and was listed in the Film Daily Yearbook in 1927. The grand opening of the Russell Theatre was on Sunday, November 23, 1941 with Raymond Massey in “Santa Fe Trail”. The Russell Theatre closed on July 23, 1961, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

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sampson159 on October 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm

went with my mom to see “darby o gill and the little people” back in 1961.closed up and sat empty for currently a bar in almost desolate parsons ave area.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Is the Deuces Two Bar really the former theatre? Doe anyone know for sure? The address of the bar is 1814 Parsons Ave. I know numbering changes sometimes, but it seems that 1822 would be the big empty lot next to the bar. There’s no way that bar building was a theatre that sat 600 people. Maybe the theatre stood next door and has since been knocked down?

Mark_L on March 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

The Russell was not at the location of the Deuces Two bar…it was the empty lot next door. The statement in the description is not correct.

The last day of operation was 7/22/1961, playing the movie YOUNG SAVAGES.

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