From: Bob Snively
When I grew up in Columbus, there were three movie theaters, The Crump, Mode and Rio. The only one remaining is The Crump, and I keep hearing about the fact that we need to keep it and invest millions in it because we don’t have enough venues in Columbus. If The Crump were viable, someone in the private sector would have stepped in long ago and taken it over, so I have to assume that it could only continue if several millions of taxpayer dollars were used to support it.
The question then becomes, do we need The Crump? I don’t feel we do. I sat down and made a list of all the different venues that we have in Columbus, and I was surprised by how many we do have available.
We have The Commons, which is ideal for wedding receptions, proms, First Fridays For Families, retirement parties and other gatherings. YES Cinema hosts the State of the City address, comedy and variety shows, and other meetings. The theater in Mill Race Park for outdoor performances. North and East auditoriums for a variety of programs, including the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. The Loft at 12th and Washington streets. Memorial gymnasium and East gymnasium. Among others I saw Bob Hope and Bette Davis at Memorial gymnasium.
At least two area hotels have large conference rooms, and there is a theater in FairOaks Mall for stage shows. Asbury Methodist hosts the Columbus City Band and other groups. Go a little farther, and we have the Pixy Theater in Edinburgh and the Hauser gym in Hope.
I realize that not all of these locations are right for every kind of event, but some of them are right for each type. Another fact is that many of them sit empty a good deal of the time, so they all have openings for more performances.
I’m sure that I’ve only scratched the surface on all the different venues that we have in Columbus. While I was typing this, I thought of two more, the library plaza and First Christian Church are both places where I have gone to musical performances. That brings my list to
16 different venues, and the question then becomes, how many do we need in Columbus?
I have fond memories of The Crump from my youth, but it’s time for it to go.