2013-05-24 / Arts & Entertainment

Nickelodeon Theatre honored with Historic Columbia Award

Contributed by Mashburn Construction

The Nickelodeon Theater, Columbia’s only non-profit art house film theater, was recently awarded the Historic Preservation award for Preservation/Restoration by the Historic Columbia Foundation. Michael Baker Jr., Inc., was the architect on the project, and Mashburn Construction was the contractor.

“It is an honor to be given this award, and I am extremely proud of what we will accomplish in the future of reviving cinema in the heart of downtown,” says Andy Smith, Executive Director of the theater.

Phase 1 of the renova- tion provided space for the first of two theatres, which has world class audio/visual capabilities and includes digital and original methods of projection in order to recreate the film experience as originally viewed. The renovated lobby now houses restrooms, concession space, office, and storage space. Adjacent to the lobby is the projection booth and elevator. The façade of the Main Street entrance was refurbished and includes an upgraded curbside ticket booth.

Located at the rear of the building off a pocket park, the Film Society created the Helen Hill Media Education Center in conjunction with the University of South Carolina. This Media Education Center will help young people learn about media and film literacy.

Phase 2 of the program, for which fundraising is currently underway, will include the renovation of the upstairs lobby and balcony into the primary theatre and create offices for staff. This level of the building will house the larger of the theatres and recreate the feel of a grand Art Deco movie house; the lower level theatre being designed more for a more intimate cinematic experience with top-of-the-line projection.

Nickelodeon Theatre South Carolina’s only nonprofit, art house theater, is a leading Southeastern arts organization engaging our community by providing thought-provoking film programming, offering media education classes and fostering the creation of new work by providing training and support to media artists. Operating out of a 99 seat theater located on the corner of Main and Taylor Streets, adjacent to the Mast General Store. The Nick is home to three film screenings daily and special series with extra showtimes. www.nickelodeon.org

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