Yesterday, all of us at ADCO abandoned our desks and headed over to 1607 Main Street, the former home of the Fox Theater, for an awesome tour of the space which will soon become the home of the Nickelodeon Theatre. The fabulous Larry Hembree, Executive Director of the Nick, showed us around the historic location, pointing out what the building has been and explaining what it will become after a pretty massive renovation.
The Nick is the state’s only non-profit movie theater, showing independent, foreign and documentary films, and it is currently renovating the historic Fox Theater to create a new-and-improved Nickelodeon. According to the Nick’s Website, “The new facility will signal a dramatic transformation for the Nickelodeon both in size and scope. The non-profit theater will be adding a second screen, tripling its seating capacity, adding a significantly larger lobby and expanding its concessions offerings. The renovated space will also house Columbia’s first Media Education Center, a new venture being undertaken by the Nickelodeon which will offer classes in media production and literacy to students and adults from across the Midlands.”
This project is incredibly exciting! Our beloved Nick will get a new, awesome space in which to expand its offerings. The community will have the opportunity to see even more great films. A historic building will be renovated and revived (and it will retain some of its Art Deco flair). And, last but certainly not least for those of us who live in and love the Capital City, the Main Street Downtown Area will be brought to life again after five o’clock as the coming of the Nick will usher in other businesses that will help revitalize the entire area.
We are all thrilled to have been given a tour and a glimpse into the future of the Nick! To learn more about the capital campaign behind the project and about the history of the Fox Theater, click here.