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.

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Staff Bios

Alison Kozberg

Director, Nickelodeon Theatre

Carrie Grebenc

Director of Development

Kaitlin McKnight

Operations Manager

Amada Torruella

Nickelodeon Development Assistant, Programming Coordinator

Pauline Arroyo

Marketing Coordinator

Savannah Taylor

Nickelodeon and Indie Grits Labs Designer

Seth Gadsden

Director, Indie Grits Labs

Pedro Lopez De Victoria

Indie Grits Labs Programming Coordinator, Education Instructor

Bree Burchfield

Assistant Theater Manager

Torres Perkins

Assistant Theater Manager

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Board of Directors

Judy Battiste

Retired Educator (term expires 2018)

John P. Boyd

Shareholder, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd - President (term expires 2019)

Debbie Cohn

Community philanthropist and veteran fundraising and marketing professional (term expires 2019)

Chris Controne

CPA, Schmoyer and Co. ­- Treasurer (term expires 2018)

Amos Disasa

Pastor, Downtown Church (term expires 2019)

Nikky Finney

Professor, African American Studies, Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina (term expires 2020)

Toby Goodlett

Executive Vice President of Retail Services at First Citizens Bank (term expires 2019)

Hank Jibaja

Chief Information Officer at Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation (term expires 2020)

Damon Jeter

Owner, Jet Corp Consulting (term expires 2020)

Sam Johnson

Project Specialist, Nexsen Pruet & Law Student at the University of South Carolina School of Law - Member-at-Large (term expires 2018)

Melanie Joseph

Associate General Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Vice President (term expires 2019)

Scott Middleton

CEO, LTC Health Solutions (term expires 2020)

Anne Postic

Content Developer, Cyberwoven & Blogger, theshoptart.com (term expires 2019)

James E. Smith Jr.

Attorney/Legislator (term expires 2018)

Scottie Smith

Brokerage Associate, Colliers International (term expires 2020)

Lemuel Watson

Professor Educational Leadership and Policies College of Education, University of South Carolina - Secretary (term expires 2018)

Education Advisory Committee

Frank Baker

Media Literacy Education Consultant

Heidi Rae Cooley

Assistant Professor, Film & Media Studies - University of South Carolina ­

Susan Courtney

Interim Director, Film & Media Studies - University of South Carolina ­

Josh Drews

Spring Valley High School

Richard Futch

Carolina Film Alliance, President

Katie Hobbs

JP Thomas Elementary School/Nickelodeon Theatre

Laura Kissel

Director, Film & Media Studies - University of South Carolina ­

Becky Lewis

Retired Educator

Kevin Lewis

University of South Carolina - Professor in Religious Studies

Betsy Newman

Producer, SCETV

Nancy Pope

Richland One School District - Visual & Performing Arts Coor.

Shannon Shull

Chapin Middle School

Amy Shumaker

SCETV Exec. Producer / US INPUT National Coordinator

Shirley Smith

Technology Integration Consultant

Rokami Taylor

Rosewood Elementary

Kingsley Waring

Pair Education Center / Columbia Hip-Hop Family Day / Author

Stacey C. Whitaker

Principal, Southeast Middle School