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Nickelodeon Theatre, 937 Main Street: 31 August 2012 (moved)   8 comments

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As I've mentioned, there was a time in my life when I saw three or four movies a week. After I left college, that dropped way off (though I still did manage to see both The Little Mermaid & The Incredibles upwards of 20 times each).

I think if I had stayed in Columbia, I might have stayed more in the habit -- I would look at the Nickelodeon calendars and see a lot that looked interesting, but having limited time in town rarely got around to it. As it is, I remember seeing two movies in particular here. The first was Gunga Din with Cary Grant. This was a splendid old light-hearted adventure film, and I saw it with my father, who had also seen it when it was first released in 1939. The second was completely different, in fact it was And Now for Something Completely Different, the first Monty Python film (which Wikipedia says is a reshooting of some of their classic sketches, which I did not realize at the time). I'm sure I saw a few other films at The Nick, but I'm a bit blurry on the details now.

Anyway, The Nickelodeon has now moved to the other side of the State House at 1607 Main Street. This is the site of the old Fox theater. I am pretty sure that the last time I was in the Fox was in 1977 to see Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. In fact, I had somehow convinced my mother and sister to go with me, and the film was so awful that they both walked out and shopped what was left of Main Street while I toughed it out to the end. I wonder if The Nick will do a Bakshi retrospective some day..

Written by ted on September 4th, 2012

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  1. I can't wait to see what they did with the old Fox theater. I know that they did a LOT of renovations and such, but I am hoping that they left some of the classic decor and structure. I don't remember a lot about the old Main St. theaters but I did visit the Fox, the Ritz, the Palmetto according to my parents. Probably to see some Disney movie or such. I don't remember the Strand or the 5 Points theaters at all. In my teen+ years I used to frequent the Miracle for cheap movies and the Jefferson Square for flicks around the time of the Dutch Square Theater openings. I may be wrong (and tell me if I am) but wasn't the movie 'Earthquake' shown in the Jefferson Square? I remember the Sensuround speakers looming at the back of what ever theater it was. Those were the days!!

    Homer

    4 Sep 12 at 2:58 am

  2. @Homer, I remember Earthquake being shown at the old Spring Valley Theatre, I did see Monty Python'sa Life of Brian at the old Fox.

    Tom

    4 Sep 12 at 7:53 am

  3. My grandmother and I hit all the Main Street theaters many, many times on hot summer days when I was a kid around the mid 60s. The thing I remember about the Fox is that it seemed the most modern(!) and the narrowest.

    Dennis

    4 Sep 12 at 1:39 pm

  4. Homer

    4 Sep 12 at 11:55 pm

  5. "Polio Ban Lifted" -- I carp about modern things from time to time, but I wouldn't go back..

    ted

    5 Sep 12 at 2:02 am

  6. I was wondering how many people would notice that....

    Homer

    5 Sep 12 at 2:18 am

  7. First thing to catch my eye, Homer.

    tonkatoy

    5 Sep 12 at 6:29 am

  8. There's a new restaurant in this location called the Hibachi House.

    Justin

    15 Feb 14 at 9:30 am

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