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A proposal: historic Theatre Row or Cinema Row

Designation would recognize and preserve importance of movie theatres in the history of Adair County

By "Jim"

Perhaps that part of the Square from the corner of Burkesville Street to the Columbian Theatre building and on down the alley should be given to the name "Theatre Row" or "Cinema Row,"

This section was home at some time or another to five of Columbia's six on-the-Square (and just-off-the-Square) movie houses, to-wit (in chronological order):
  1. The Parlor Circle (Columbia's first movie theater; opened in 1912 at what is now 130 Public Square.)
  2. The Columbia Amusement Company (operated for about six months in 1916 and early 1917 in the W.L. Walker Building, which was consumed in the great conflagration on the Square in 1921.)
  3. Tutt's Hall (opened 1922)
  4. The Rialto (opened ??)
  5. The Columbian (opened 1947)
  6. (The location of the other on-the-Square theatre, the Paramount, remains unknown. It opened in 1916 as the direct successor of the Parlor Circle.)



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