About the Nickelodeon
Columbia Film Society (CFS) serves Columbia, SC, as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy, and aspirations of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, CFS provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety through its two arms: the Nickelodeon Theatre (“the Nick”) and Indie Grits Labs (“IG Labs”).
Founded in 1979 by Carl Davis and Linda O’Connor, students at the nearby University of South Carolina, the Nickelodeon continues to serve as the gathering place for lovers of film and critical dialogue in the Columbia area. Originally located in a converted bank at 937 Main Street, the Nickelodeon moved to its new home in the former Fox Theatre at 1607 Main Street in August of 2012. In its early days, the Nick relied on a dedicated volunteer staff who did everything from providing audio equipment for the theater to popping popcorn. The past ten years have seen tremendous growth within the organization, including a dramatic expansion in staff and the launch of a new slate of media education programs and curated film series. Additionally, the Nick now serves as a major cultural anchor on Columbia’s blossoming Main Street drawing over 55,000 attendees into the heart of our city annually.
The Nick’s programming is now comprised of a mix of first run independent films, special curated series, and one-off screenings of films of relevance to our community. As big believers in creating more engaging film-going experiences, the Nickelodeon often provides opportunities for conversation before and after screenings, pulling together experts and community members as speakers and respondents.
…the Nick now serves as a major cultural anchor on Columbia’s blossoming Main Street drawing over 55,000 attendees into the heart of our city annually.”
More than just a movie theater, the Nickelodeon is also the presenter of the annual Indie Grits Film Festival – an annual showcase of the best in Southern DIY film and culture – which was named one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine. The Nickelodeon is also home to the Helen Hill Media Education Center, providing opportunities for members of the community to acquire stronger critical viewing and production skills.
The Nickelodeon is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with over 2,000 members. The board of the directors of the Columbia Film Society provides oversight of the organization. The Nickelodeon Theatre is a proud member of the Art House Convergence, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), and the SC Arts Alliance.
CEO, Columbia Film Society
Director, Indie Grits Labs
Director, Nickelodeon Theatre
Director of Development
Pedro Lopez De Victoria
Programming Coordinator, Education Instructor
Development Assistant, Programming Coordinator
Designer, Interactive Specialist
Assistant Theater Manager
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Board of Directors
Retired Educator (term expires 2018)
John P. Boyd
Shareholder, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd - President (term expires 2019)
CPA, Schmoyer and Co. - Treasurer (term expires 2018)
Community philanthropist and veteran fundraising and marketing professional (term expires 2019)
Pastor, Downtown Church (term expires 2019)
Professor, African American Studies, Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina (term expires 2020)
Executive Vice President of Retail Services at First Citizens Bank (term expires 2019)
Education Consultant at Gupta-Kagan, LLC (term expires 2020)
Owner, Jet Corp Consulting (term expires 2020)
Chief Information Officer at Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation (term expires 2020)
Project Specialist, Nexsen Pruet & Law Student at the University of South Carolina School of Law - Member-at-Large (term expires 2018)
Associate General Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Vice President (term expires 2019)
CEO, LTC Health Solutions (term expires 2020)
Content Developer, Cyberwoven & Blogger, theshoptart.com (term expires 2019)
James E. Smith Jr.
Attorney/Legislator (term expires 2018)
Brokerage Associate, Colliers International (term expires 2020)
Professor Educational Leadership and Policies College of Education, University of South Carolina - Secretary (term expires 2018)
Education Advisory Committee
Media Literacy Education Consultant
Heidi Rae Cooley
Assistant Professor, Film & Media Studies - University of South Carolina
Interim Director, Film & Media Studies - University of South Carolina
Spring Valley High School
Carolina Film Alliance, President
JP Thomas Elementary School/Nickelodeon Theatre
Director, Film & Media Studies - University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina - Professor in Religious Studies
Richland One School District - Visual & Performing Arts Coor.
Chapin Middle School
SCETV Exec. Producer / US INPUT National Coordinator
Technology Integration Consultant
Pair Education Center / Columbia Hip-Hop Family Day / Author
Stacey C. Whitaker
Principal, Southeast Middle School