Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Nickelodeon Theatre will officially "reopen" in their new digs on Main Street on Friday, August 31.
The theater's new home will boast a small 100 seat theater downstairs with the bigger upstairs theater scheduled to open in 2013.
The Nickelodeon, which has been in operation since 1979, is the only non-profit art house film theater in South Carolina. Its new address will be 1607 Main Street.
"Having both the Ford Foundation and the Nord Family Foundation step up at this crucial point for the organziation was huge," said Andy Smith, executive director of the Nickelodeon Theatre.
These donations, along with money collected from the Nick's capital campaign, enabled the Nick to complete its move.
"Both foundations appreciated the Nick's history of serving the Columbia community, but in particular are interested in the great potential of our new space. Not only will the new Nick bring energy to the 1600 block of Main Steet but it will allow the Nick to deepen the way we serve our community through new media education programs and filmaker services."
The move will allow the theater to accommodate more moviegoers with state-of-the-art projection equipment and concessions area. The staff will have improved office space that will help with the educational programs and the Helen Hill Media Education Center.
To say goodbye to the Nick's 75- seat theater space at 937 Main Street, the staff will show 33 films to commemorate 33 years. That will be one important film from each year the theater has been at it's location. Those movies will show at the old theater between August 10-26.
To see the full list of movies planned you can go to www.nickelodeon.org and you can buy advance tickets.