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Columbia Mall Cinema 8 / Columbia Place Stadium Cinemas, 7201-802 Two Notch Road: December 2011 (open again)   77 comments

Posted at 12:27 am in business,entertainment

Originally, as I recall it, this was simply the Columbia Mall Theater, and opened about the same time as the mall itself. Compared to some of the other theaters in town, I don't have any really strong memories of the place. I know I saw what was pretty much the last 70s style Disney live-action movie there: The North Avenue Irregulars as well as one of Disney's periodic re-issues of The Jungle Book and the first run of The Rescuers Down Under. (Yeah, I like Disney). I also remember trying to go there for a James Bond flick, one of the later Moore ones, and finding it sold out, a pretty rare experience back then.

At some point after I moved out of town, the Mall started to decline, and the theaters actually went under (along with the nearby Capitol Centre Theater). After that, a company called Phoenix Theaters re-opened the theater, which was sort of their shtick "phoenix from the ashes"/"new theater from old". I can't find out a lot about them because every google search turns up theaters in Phoenix Arizona, but this might be their web site. If it is, they have downsized considerably. At any rate, I don't think the Phoenix incarnation lasted too long here in Columbia. I recall seeing one movie under that regime (they had the latest showtimes) and not being too impressed with the theater (or the movie as I can't now recall what it was).

After that, I think the theaters closed again, and remodeled along stadium lines, which was the latest gimmick several years ago (and is an improvement, I have to admit). I'm struggling to think of any movie I saw there after the conversion, and I don't think there is one -- by that time, I had switched mostly to Richland Mall and Forest Drive as my default theaters.

I've lost the hat tip for the commenter who pointed out this closure, and when they said it happened, but if you look closely, you can see a poster for The Darkest Hour a movie which opens on Christmas Day 2011, so it was very recent, and we can assume somewhat unexpected if they thought they would be showing that one.

UPDATE 3 July 2012 -- As the pictures below show, the place is now open again as Columbia Place Stadium Cinemas.

Getting ready to re-open (28 May 2012):

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Open again (29 June 2012):

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Written by ted on December 23rd, 2011

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  1. That sure is a lengthy "Behavioral Code of Conduct".

    Beth

    23 Dec 11 at 8:25 am

  2. @Beth: Heh. I skimmed through it after you pointed it out. Note that they give the name of the place as "Columbia Place Cinema Place 8" that's a lot of "place". And in the end they note that

    If you feel your rights are being violated, please notify the theater management office.

    Good luck with that!

    ted

    23 Dec 11 at 2:20 pm

  3. imagine keeping up with all 23 of those points...

    Andrew

    23 Dec 11 at 4:50 pm

  4. I grew up near this theater so I remember seeing tons of movies there over the years, but none of them by name. And, our home phone number was one digit off from the theaters so we got calls for the theater all the time. I can remember my dad getting fed up one weekend and telling people that the theater had switched to all XXX movies.

    Larry

    24 Dec 11 at 1:01 pm

  5. I saw so many movies at this theater growing up in the late '70's and 80's. We would get dropped off in the morning at the Aladdin's Castle arcade at the mall on Saturdays and then go over to see movies in the afternoon. Original Star Wars movies, a movie called "Dirt" about off road racing, Disney shit, most of the Roger Moore James Bond films, and every PG film in between. We snuck into some R movies such as Fast Times and Porky's. There was also the Spring Valley Theaters north on Two Knotch where the Lowe's off O'Neil Ct. is now. Does anyone know when that was torn down?

    Hayes

    4 Jan 12 at 4:34 pm

  6. I knew a girl in the 70s who said she cried when her boyfriend wanted to see Dirt :-)

    Here is a Spring Valley Theater post.

    ted

    4 Jan 12 at 5:04 pm

  7. Dirt just flat out rocked. Now I have 'Swamp Buggy Boogie" stuck in my head.

    tonkatoy

    5 Jan 12 at 7:40 am

  8. I think this place has been closed for about 4 months now, they closed for renovations and never reopened.

    Michael

    5 Jan 12 at 4:32 pm

  9. Good riddance. I really like going to the movies, but this place was a joke. Once back in (I think) the summer of 2010, there was a movie my wife and I wanted to see, and it was playing way out at Sandhills, way out at Columbiana Grande, and at this theater. Since we live downtown-ish, this place was the most convenient, so we thought nothing of it.

    Wow. There was no one in the ticket booth. Just a note to buy tickets at the concession stand. We did that and went in, and were there with maybe 8 other people (and this was a nearly-new, fairly popular movie). Several people were just hopping in and out of each auditorium, picking a movie they liked, I guess. Staff was minimal.

    The picture and sound for the movie were totally screwed, and after a few minutes, when it didn't get any better, I went to the concession stand/ticket booth/manager and said something. He said there was nothing he could do and gave me one free pass for a future movie.

    We left and, even for free, never went back.

    Tim

    30 Jan 12 at 11:32 am

  10. My earliest memories of this theater was riding to drop my brothers off to see Child's Play. The last movie I saw here was Halloween H2O.

    Amanda

    4 Mar 12 at 5:29 pm

  11. i remember that theater it acully closed and reopened many times since the 90,s

    mark

    14 Mar 12 at 11:12 pm

  12. heres an update 4 you

    columbia place stadium cinemas
    7201 two notch road
    columbia sc 29223

    reopening mon march 30th 2012

    new
    website : columbiaplacestadiumcinemas.com

    phone ; (803) 661-1483

    admission prices (the best in town for first run films)
    all seats all shows before 6pm $5.00

    after 6pm
    adults $7.00

    children 11& under
    seniors, military & students with i.d $5.00

    super bargain tuesdays all seats $5.00 all day

    3d attractions add $3.00 per ticket

    this posted by the manager ray
    email me any concerns or suggestions
    columbiaplacemallcinemas@yahoo.com

    ray

    17 Apr 12 at 11:06 pm

  13. mon april 30th sorry

    ray

    17 Apr 12 at 11:07 pm

  14. Well, good!

    ted

    18 Apr 12 at 2:26 am

  15. Time will tell just how well this place will do again. The crowd/patrons have changed a bit since it was last opened I'm sure...so I hope there's not a lot of trouble makers that hang out there..but it aint the same crowd as it was in the late 70's when it was new.

    Saturday's child

    18 Apr 12 at 9:10 am

  16. I fully expect there to be parking lot shootings within 6 months of being reopened.

    tonkatoy

    18 Apr 12 at 9:20 am

  17. Columbia Mall should be renamed " Urban Central"..it's all thugs, gangs and trouble makers. It never was all that crime free to begin with. Even when I worked out there in the mid to late 80's, it was bad, but has gotten worse bit by bit. So I agree with you..give it just a few months and you're gonna see news headlines about someone being shot and/or killed or robbed. It's just a matter of time. I think it's a mistake to re-open it again.

    Saturday's child

    18 Apr 12 at 4:53 pm

  18. Someone I know did a photoshow at Columbia Mall (back when it was still officially known as Columbia Mall) and he cited that is now a "warzone"

    Last time I walked Columbia Place Mall last December, I felt like I was on a different wavelength than everyone else there

    Andrew

    18 Apr 12 at 6:32 pm

  19. I was there around 6 mnths or less ago, and I really felt out of place there..It caters to mostly young people with around 200 shoe stores and clothe stores..all geared to the 18 and younger crowd. REALLY bad place anymore.

    Saturday's child

    18 Apr 12 at 7:00 pm

  20. I was turned off by Shoe Dept. Encore, which took over the former Old Navy Space (downstairs only), having custodial 'wet floor' signs at the escalator blocking it so people can't get upstairs.

    Andrew

    18 Apr 12 at 10:03 pm

  21. The center court area used to be quite nice actually in the 80's with plants and things, but it's very "plain jane" now with no personality..and it's TOO BRIGHT WHITE. What really kills that Mall is the upstairs area from about where Tiffany's Bakery was and across the other side where Lens Crafters and that German Restraunt used to be down to Lowry Organs, Orange Julius, Duck-In and Penny's was..is just a ghost town up there now. I dont remember though where "Britton's" used to be downstairs though.

    Saturday's child

    18 Apr 12 at 10:38 pm

  22. I think I used too many "thoughs"..OOPS

    Saturday's child

    18 Apr 12 at 10:39 pm

  23. I'd say Columbia mall probably was only crime free, or decently so, for the first 5-7 years. By 85, it was getting bad with the thugs 'sweeping the aisles' by walking side by side, and not allowing people to pass.

    tonkatoy

    19 Apr 12 at 6:45 am

  24. I have been calling it "Thug"umbia Mall for the last 10-15 years. With the low prices that Ray has posted for the theater, it will have the same crowd as before, nothing but troublemakers. And if anyone has been to Baltimore, you can easily say that this is the Mondawmin Mall of Columbia.

    Sidney

    19 Apr 12 at 8:13 am

  25. I agree with what you-all say about Columbia Mall. That outdated Theater should have been torn down years ago. It's just a matter of time before you read about somthin' bad happenin' out there AGAIN. I wonder why no one seems to call that area by it's real name anymore..DENTSVILLE.!? I dont know what people call it now, but I have a good name..how about " Funky Town".?? Or "Welcome to Gangs and Thugs R Us Mall".

    Saturday's child

    19 Apr 12 at 10:09 am

  26. Chuckie told us Columbia has no gangs!

    tonkatoy

    19 Apr 12 at 12:47 pm

  27. as the new management coming in we can assure you the following wont be happening at this theatre. any talking being disruptive, anyone with a viable cellphone light on, anyone not watching a movie and just loitering will be ejected off the premises of the mall property and not giving any refund. all you have to do is notify a staff member of any issue and we will take care of the rest. also a on duty police officer or security guard will be on hand to provide additional safety. we also had the area brightened for everyone's safety. this theater will express itself in customer loyalty and respect that the previous owners ignored. we are aslo inviting any church service operators who would like to have a free facility to hold church services on Sundays. also anyone wishing to have a staff meeting or comunity meeting may have them free at our cinema just ask for me ray the manager and i will help you . we want you to come see movies here and have a great time. thanking for your time and may god bless everyone with there dreams and wishes

    ray

    19 Apr 12 at 1:09 pm

  28. That's good to know..and I hope what you are doing will actually work. The Columbia Mall area though has always been a place for trouble makers since the 80's when I was there, but if you actually do what you're saying and keep it enforced, then it may work. The more lit an area is, the less chances of something happening.. if you have ZERO tolerence of cell phones, loitering, talking during the movie, being loud and rude, then all this may work. I hope it does, but as with all things, time will tell. It's about time someone does something to make it better over there.

    Saturday's child

    19 Apr 12 at 8:17 pm

  29. Man, I though they had gone under a long time ago. It's been several years since I have set foot in Columbia Mall, and that was just to grab a bite to eat from the food court. The last time I took the time to walk the mall was very depressing. Almost as depressing as Dutch Square. Seems like everything is still on a sprawl. When downtown Columbia started 'drying up' everything moved to St. Andrews and Dentsville. Then came Harbison and Sandhills and the entire Broad River/Bush river Rd. and the Two Notch areas went to pot. Both areas have been overrun by gangs and hookers. I wouldn't go near either mall after dark and I'd look over my shoulder during the day. Pretty sad.

    Homer

    19 Apr 12 at 11:22 pm

  30. You can't trust anyone at Columbia Mall..not with THAT crowd that hangs out there just lookin' for trouble. Unless you're 18 or younger or in your early 20's and like to wear all these "urban" clothes, shoes and other things that people wear now, then there's nothing at that Mall anymore. Sears is only a shell of it's former self since they left 5 points in '78. Dutch Square Mall is just as bad too..it's a ghost town pretty much. Malls are a "past tense" thing anymore. Strip Malls are making a come-back AGAIN..but it all depends on the area they're built in.. Dentsville isnt the best place to begin with and has always had a reputation of being a trouble spot. Harbison may not be AS bad yet, but time will tell.

    Saturday's child

    20 Apr 12 at 9:39 am

  31. I am happy to hear Ray's policies and I think the key to them is maintaining a 'zero tolerance' policy with all customers.

    While the chaperone rule Columbia Place Mall instituted in 2004 has certainly made the mall safer, one of the anchor positions sits completely vacant and another one is half-occupied (Burlington Coat Factory in the fmr. JC Penney). The demographics of Columbia Place Mall's customers have undoubtedly undergone a fair amount of change.

    Sears is rumored to be in trouble financially and should they fold, CBL is going to have a tall task filling their place.

    Dutch Square looks good on paper but when you are walking in the mall, you are one of less than 50 people walking said mall.

    Andrew

    20 Apr 12 at 11:01 am

  32. Last time I was in DSM, I didnt see THAT many people and certainly not 50 of them..unless that's the total number of employees that work there now. As late as the early to mid 80's , DSM was jumpin' with people.. but not now. It's a virtual ghost town.. Even the Theater there is as dead as the rest of the place.

    Saturday's child

    20 Apr 12 at 1:36 pm

  33. notice how I said *less than* 50 because that's how it seemed...you might even could go less than 35-40 (including those working in the various stores)

    Phillips Edison/Dutch Square Management are very lucky JB White decided to stay at Dutch Square when they built their Columbiana location in 1996

    Andrew

    20 Apr 12 at 1:39 pm

  34. One thing to remember about Dutch Square is that the overall health of the mall is probably not reflected by foot traffic *inside* the mall.

    Belk, the theater, and the stores in the old closed-off Woolco wing (the office store and the menswear store) all take in traffic directly from the parking lot, so the mall could well be doing better than walking around inside makes it seem. (Which is obviously not to say that it is doing great..)

    ted

    20 Apr 12 at 3:39 pm

  35. Both OLD Malls are just "aint what they used to be".. who would've though that when they were new..

    Saturday's child

    20 Apr 12 at 4:17 pm

  36. If you look on the Dutch Square page on Phillips Edison's site, you'll notice they bill the place as having Columbia's most successful Belk. Where Maxway once was, Planet Fitness sits now and they have a parking lot entrance that they seem to utilize as their primary entrance.

    Stuft-Stuff opened up in what was once Gabby's Pizza and prior to that D'Avino's Pizza and even A Slice of Itlay. Be that as it may Kitty's Hallmark, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Burger Time, Radio Shack and Chick-Fil-A have left within the last 2/3 years. Dressbarn is the latest to leave. I wonder how some of the other mall stores hold on.

    btw, Ted, Burlington Coat Factory *does* have a mall entrance but Office Depot does not

    Andrew

    20 Apr 12 at 4:55 pm

  37. When did Radio Shack leave the mall? Where did they move to? Talk about a company that is a shadow of its former self! Nothing but a glorified cell phone store now! They were one of the last original tenants (although they had moved from the original location). I guess that makes The Rogue the last one of the original tenants.

    Homer

    20 Apr 12 at 5:14 pm

  38. Radio Shack left Dutch Square right at this time last year and moved to Bush River Village (1324 Bush River Road).

    The fact that RadioShack is still in business has been the butt of Jay Leno jokes on a few occasions.

    Andrew

    20 Apr 12 at 7:30 pm

  39. anyone interested in working at the cinema visit columbiaplacestadiumcinemas.com and send us a resume and a picture. follow the directions at the bottom of the page on the help wanted info link. by the way ive noticed that security at Columbia place is very visable.

    ray

    21 Apr 12 at 10:07 pm

  40. Ray, you got me thinking: back in July 2009, my mom and I had lunch with a colleague of hers at the now-closed Piccadilly. The colleague had a son who was in management there. She said that the security made it so that Columbia Place Mall was safer that Columbiana.

    Columbia Place Mall's Youth Escort Policy (implemented April 23, 2004) also turned out to be a good move for them. There was an article in The State a few months after it went into effect talking about how store owners were impressed with how it kept their stores cleaner.

    Andrew

    21 Apr 12 at 11:41 pm

  41. theatre opening date moved up to may 18th 2012 for first run films. a couple of days before may 18th we have a tentative free sneak preview to the public of some films that just played in theatres.

    ray

    27 Apr 12 at 12:09 am

  42. I hope it does well.. and you dont have any trouble makers to ruin it for everyone. It's a bad area that needs to be "cleaned-up" where it's more people friendly. Columbia needs to get with the program and get things back to a more normal feel like it used to be before things fell apart in the 80's.

    Saturday's child

    27 Apr 12 at 12:16 am

  43. I actually went to that TERRIBLE TERRIBEL Bee Gee's rendition of The Beatles " Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"... I have NO idea why I wanted to see this movie. The Bee Gees should have stuck with Disco..and not to try to attempt a Beatles movie.

    Saturday's child

    27 Apr 12 at 12:19 am

  44. @ Saturday's child - the only time I saw a bit of this movie was when it was on some cable channel one late night. I watched about 10 minutes and said 'this sux' and surfed on. I did own the soundtrack album at one time. No idea what happened to that, but it was just as bad as the flick!!

    Homer

    27 Apr 12 at 12:44 am

  45. The soundtrack was *awful*, which is odd as the Bee Gees started in the 60s as Beatle imitators. The only two worthwhile songs were "Got To Get You Into My Life" by Earth Wind & Fire and "Come Together" by Aerosmith.

    The Bee Gees survived that debacle, but it pretty much put paid to Peter Frampton.

    ted

    27 Apr 12 at 1:52 am

  46. I hated and still hate that horrible rendition of Got to get you into my life by "Urf, wind, and Fy-yah".. Aerosmith was the "appropriate" band for "Come Together though".. I think my head would explode if I watched that movie again.

    Saturday's child

    27 Apr 12 at 9:02 am

  47. I love Alice Cooper's version of "Because." As an eight year old, that was my introduction to The Beatles. Now y'all are a little older than I am, I can imagine it was and is still a travesty.

    It's just campy fun. My boys (5 & 10) loved it. It is available at the library.

    jonathan

    27 Apr 12 at 9:37 am

  48. Speaking of a movie that a "TRAVESTY" and a slap in the face to ALL original Dark Shadows fans, is that new and horrible Johnny Depp/ Tim Burton "Dark Shadows".. WHAT A JOKE! Johhny Depp looks like a "Zombie Clown" with that white makeup on..They took a great show and movie and ruined it with "humor" and have the wrong people playing the parts. I have no intention of seeing this NEW one.. To me, it's a disgrace and a slap in the face to Dan Curtis and the others that worked on the ORIGINAL Series.

    Saturday's child

    27 Apr 12 at 10:26 am

  49. Amen, Saturday's Child!! I will NOT go see this picture! Comedy has no place in 'Dark Sahdows'. I hate to say it but if Jonathan Frid hadn't passed when he did he would probably have died from embarrassment after he saw it. I can't believe that he agreed to take part in it even as a cameo!!! I'm still waiting for someone to remaster the original series and publish it instead of the crappy, piece-meal versions you see in the stores now.

    Homer

    27 Apr 12 at 8:46 pm

  50. If I heard correctly, House of Dark Shadows AND Night of Dark Shadows is being officially released by Warner Brothers on DVD sometime soon this year. I have also heard that Night of Dark Shadows has had the missing footage put back into the film..It made no sence the way it was edited. I hope too that House of Dark Shadows will have put the "Hanging David" scene back into the film too.

    Saturday's child

    28 Apr 12 at 12:51 am

  51. I agree though..had Jonathan Frid lived to see this "new" Dark Shadows film..he would have died from a stroke. I'm surprized they talked David Selby to be in the film I think in the Collinwood party scene..

    Saturday's child

    28 Apr 12 at 12:53 am

  52. Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott are supposed to be in that scene as well, from what I have read. Guess they need some $$. Great to hear that WB is going to release them on disc. I'll keep an eye out for them on Amazon. A friend of mine bought some of the old VHS and DVD sets that were put out by some off the wall company and the quality was TERRIBLE!!

    Comparing this film to the original series is like comparing the recent Batman flicks to the original '66 movie except in reverse!!

    Homer

    28 Apr 12 at 1:09 am

  53. Isn't Alice Cooper supposed to make an appearance? Surprised they didn't ask Rob Zombie, but he would never agree to appear in a piece of crap like this!!

    Homer

    28 Apr 12 at 1:12 am

  54. My understanding is that Frid did live to see the new DS, and is *in* it.

    ted

    28 Apr 12 at 3:34 am

  55. Johnny Depp needs to just stick with Disney "Pirate" movies.. and Tim Burton needs to APOLOGIZE to us original Dark Shadows fans for being Tim Burton. I'm glad I didnt waste 15 bucks to go see this film, or I would have walked out of it when I found out just how bad it really is.

    Saturday's child

    28 Apr 12 at 8:35 am

  56. I went to see the ORIGINAL 1966 Batman movie at the "New" Richland Mall Theater (just one screen)..But at 8 years old at the time..I thought it was really good.. especially the scene where Batman uses his "Shark Repelant" spray can to get rid of the shark that attaches himself as Batman is tryin' to get on the "Bat Copter".

    Saturday's child

    28 Apr 12 at 8:38 am

  57. The last movie I saw in this theater I believe was Doctor Dolittle 2 (what a waste of time and money) in 2001. I was 12 or so at the time and me and my friends were glad that we got to go to the movies by ourselves so I imagine it wasn't too bad at the time. We actually went to the mall by ourselves when we were 13 or so.... it didn't seem unsafe at the time. We did stop going around then though because my parents were getting a little uneasy about the negative news regarding the mall. We started going to Columbiana Mall (which was a real pain to get to) until Village at Sandhill opened. We lived in North Crossing and were excited when we heard a mall was opening right across the street. Unfortunately we moved shortly after construction began so I never got the chance to hang out there much.

    j

    28 Apr 12 at 5:13 pm

  58. @Saturday's Child - sounds like we are about the same age! I saw the original Batman as a child and enjoyed it as well. It wasn't until, years later when I bought a copy on VHS, that I realized just how campy it was. I laughed my butt off all of the way through it. It was a satire of itself.

    As for Dark Shadows, if Johnathan Frid did get to see the final copy of the new movie then that should have been listed as the cause of death.

    Homer

    28 Apr 12 at 10:42 pm

  59. Do you guys know why Dark Shadows has never been syndicated to play on TVLand or other cable channels?

    Terry

    29 Apr 12 at 6:49 am

  60. On the subject of Dark Shadows... SyFy channel did run all the episodes during the early morning hours but that was about 5 or 6 years ago. The WB channel did a remake that never aired. They did a pilot & about six episodes but apparently the network nabobs didn't think it was good enough, so they shelved it.
    As to the upcoming movie... I too was disappointed with the comedy angle. However, I am hoping that this will be like Mars Attacks! By that I mean that it was one of the few Burton films that I find to work as a comedy.
    Finally on the passing of Jonathan Frid... if you want to read a truly touching & respectful letter of remembrance, then do a search for Lara Parker. She posted a letter on her blog that is head & shoulders above the brief accounts in the regular media.

    John R

    29 Apr 12 at 8:38 am

  61. Dan Curtis re-did Dark Shadows back in the early 2000's, and it was good but not as good as the original.. BUT what killed it was a little thing called the "Gulf War"..so the show never did quite catch on to a new generation of people.. I agree though, they should have listed as one of the causes of death to Mr. Frid being that he SAW that horrible new Dark Shadows. And to commenter Homer..we may be the same age. I'll be 54 this November..so I would have been almost 8 when the original Batman Movie came out. I really hope that WB is gonna put the origianl movies out this year SOON.. You can't improve on the original ones..even Dan Curtis couldnt quite do it twice.

    Saturday's child

    29 Apr 12 at 12:01 pm

  62. I must be too young because I had to Wikipedia Dark Shadows to figure out what it's about. I thought it was an original movie being released... wonder who they are targeting the movie towards because it doesn't seem like any demographic is looking forward to it.

    j

    29 Apr 12 at 7:56 pm

  63. The original Dark Shadows came on in 1966 and ended in 1971 when Jonathon Frid got tired of playing the Barnabus character..that's when it all ended. Dan Curtis redid Dark Shadows over 10 years ago, but it didnt quite catch on.
    I started watching Dark Shadows in 1967 when someone told me about "Vampires" being on the show..SO I had to watch it then..and I've been a fan since.

    Saturday's child

    29 Apr 12 at 9:52 pm

  64. As far as the "NEW" Dark Shadows, I personally think it will be a flop and be a joke of a movie.

    Saturday's child

    29 Apr 12 at 9:55 pm

  65. @Saturday's child - I'll be 54 in May, so I guess that settles that!! Here's the latest dope from Wiki on the release of the original series.

    On April 10, 2012, MPI will release a Limited Edition Complete Series Box Set in the shape of a coffin. The 131 DVDs will be housed in 22 individual plastic cases with the spines looking upward to show the entire body of Barnabas lying asleep in his coffin. Only 2,500 copies of these will be made. However, there will also be an unlimited set that does not include the limited edition card signed by Jonathan Frid or the serial numbers on the bottom of the box. This edition will be available in July 2012.

    Wonder what the price of this will be????

    On another topic, I have yet to see the new Three Stooges movie. From the trailers it seems that they have captured the insanity of the originals but, why oh why, did the have to drag the cast from Jersey Shore into it? Just a ploy to get younger people into to theaters.

    Homer

    29 Apr 12 at 11:24 pm

  66. Just looked on Amazon. Pre-order price for the deluxe edition of the original series is $420.00. Guess I'll wait for this one to come down in price!!!!!!!!

    Homer

    30 Apr 12 at 1:02 am

  67. the movie three stooges had some good jokes but it lacked a good story line and yes the jersey shore thing was so stupid. by the way saturdays child look me up ill give you a free pass admission on your birthday in may. -- ray

    ray

    30 Apr 12 at 1:24 am

  68. Yeah, but it has a nun-kini!

    tonkatoy

    30 Apr 12 at 6:36 am

  69. Speaking of House Of Dark Shadows, I have it on DVD that was transfered from VHS..and also Night Of Dark Shadows. The quality is good considering... I still hope WB is gonna release both on DVD soon. I also have an original ONE SHEET Poster of House Of Dark Shadows. I just sold my Night of Dark Shadows a few months ago.

    Saturday's child

    30 Apr 12 at 9:55 am

  70. Speaking of the old series, it was produced on such a tight budget that they didn't do retakes unless they had to. So it wasn't unusual to see something flubbed onscreen. Unless it was something they couldn't recover from, they just kept on a-taping. Here's probably one of the best known flubs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W0aQEgD5zA

    badger

    30 Apr 12 at 11:56 am

  71. How about let's start a new thread under, let's say the "personalities" category? It could be titled Jonathan Frid, Dark Shadows or Movie Remakes We Hate in Advance. Anyway, we seem to be piling on the Cola. Theater post to excess.
    So, let's continue this DS discussion there.

    John R

    30 Apr 12 at 6:23 pm

  72. hey everyone the theatre is now open come on out and see a movie. out theatre now offers free movies on thursdays begining at 7:30pm and 9:45pm. some of the films we are showing now for free on thursdays are old drive in theatre classics along with a a cartoon , a short subject and classic previews. visit columbiaplacestadiumcinemas.com for more details.

    ray

    25 Jul 12 at 2:22 am

  73. thank you to everyone who came out to our cinema which closed on tuesday october 2nd 2012, due to lack of sales. we ran a clean operation, had a great projection team that presented a great image, never had a need for security except when the assistant managers scooter got stolen from the front parking lot. thank you columbia for letting us entertain you. may god bless the next owners of this cinema. i would like to personally thank columbia closings for this website if it wasnt for this site we would of never had the opprotunity of knowing this theatre was available. thanks ray martin (general manager)

    ray

    5 Oct 12 at 1:36 am

  74. Well, that is a shame and I'm sorry to hear it.

    ted

    5 Oct 12 at 2:37 am

  75. Awwww. I have always loved going to this theater. We were just here 2 weeks ago. I remeber going to 2, 3, and 4 movies in one day ( a real movie day) because i could afford it here. It was close and descent priced. ( unfortunately, probably why they had to close =( ). I only found this site because I was looking to take my daughter here to the movies today. I have seen the theater change hands a few times. I guess we will wait for the next owners to try again. We will miss y'all.

    Andrea

    13 Oct 12 at 11:07 am

  76. Hi all,

    I was an Assistant Manager of this building when it was under Phoenix Theatres... I worked at Pastime and Columbiana Grand on the floor, and this building was the first that I had the opportunity to manage (later down the road I was Senior Manager for AMC in the Boston area). I can tell you this theatre had a wonderful history - very rich - you could really feel the years of patronage in this building.

    Unfortunately, due to Sandhills up the street and not having the latest technology, our sales declined, and the company pulled out... And as they were pulling out, we were left with less and less money and the operation suffered. I tried to reopen it myself with a colleague, but it never came to be... I applaud all efforts to reopen this theatre and hope it can become great once again.

    Josh

    21 Feb 13 at 3:23 am

  77. In its most recent run, did this theater have digital projectors or was it still running 35mm? When it ran the free movies on Thursdays, was permission actually granted by studios? Is the theater still owned by someone?

    Franklin

    8 Apr 13 at 11:36 am

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