About the Nickelodeon


The Nick serves Columbia, SC, as a focal point for critical dialogue anchored by films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy and aspirations of its community. A center for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, the Nick provides its community the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety.


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 45,000 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 50,000 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

Andy Smith

Executive Director

Seth Gadsden

Managing Director

Carrie Grebenc

Development Manager

Kaitlin McKnight

Operations Manager

Pedro Lopez De Victoria

Programming Coordinator, Education Instructor

Amada Torruella

Development Assistant, Programming Coordinator

Savannah Taylor

Designer, Interactive Coordinator

Torres Perkins

Assistant Theater Manager

Charlotte Johnston

Projectionist, Theater Staff

Bree Burchfield

Theater Staff

Jessa Ross

Theater Staff

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Board of Directors

John P. Boyd

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

Tracy Jones

Marketing Consultant -­ Vice President (term expires 2017)

Chris Controne

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

Lemuel Watson

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

Sam Johnson

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

Lynn Stokes­-Murray

Lobbyist, McNair Law Firm - Member at Large (term expires 2017)

Judy Battiste

Retired Educator (term expires 2018)

Debbie Cohn

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

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 2017)

Toby Goodlett

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

Melanie Joseph

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

Robert Mason

Senior VP Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch ­- (term expires 2017)

Scott Middleton

CEO, LTC Health Solutions (term expires 2017)

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 2017)

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