About the Nickelodeon

Mission

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 (IGL).

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Founded in 1979 by Carl Davis and Linda O’Connor, students at the nearby University of South Carolina, the Columbia Film Society (Nickelodeon Theatre + Indie Grits Labs) 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. The past 15 years have seen tremendous growth within the organization, including 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 70,000 attendees into the heart of our city annually.

The Nick’s programming is now comprised of a mix of first-run independent films, curated series, and special community screenings. 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 70,000 attendees into the heart of our city annually.”

More than just a movie theater, the Nickelodeon is also the home 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 “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine.

The Nickelodeon is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with over 3,500 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.

View our July 2018- June 2019 Annual Report here. 

Staff Bios

Shanel Jackson

Director of Operations and Membership, Columbia Film Society

Thaddeus Jones

Director of Programming

Rae Groover

Marketing Communications Manager

JP Meléndez

Lead Projectionist

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Board of Directors

Francie Kleckley

Privacy and Data Consultant, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel - Treasurer (term expires 2024)

Terrance Henderson

Performing Artist, Choreographer, and Writer - (term expires 2024)

Mark Cooper

Professor of Film and Media Studies, USC - Vice President of the Board (term expires 2024)

Aleksandra Chauhan

Juvenile Defender Advocate, SC Commission Indigent Defense -Secretary (term expires 2022)

Tiffany Adams

Pastor, The Way Worship Center - Board Member (term expires 2021)

Xavier Blake

EFP Specialist, Producer, South Carolina Educational Television - Board President (term expires 2021)

Chris Controne

CPA, Schmoyer and Co. ­- Treasurer - Term Expires 2021

Damon Jeter

Executive Consultant, Jet Corp Consulting (term expires 2024)

Hank Jibaja

Hank Al, Inc., and retired Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation - Former President of the Board (term expires 2024)

Sam Johnson

Project Specialist, Nexsen Pruet - Secretary (term expires 2021)

Melanie Joseph

Associate General Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC - Past President (term expires 2022)

James E. Smith Jr.

Special Assistant to the President, USC - Interim President (term expires 2021)

Aaron West

IT Product Owner, Colonial Life - Board Member (term expires at 2021)

Scottie Smith

Senior Vice-President, Crosland Barnes - Board Member (term expires 2024)

David Whiteman

Retired USC Professor of Political Science and Film Studies, University of South Carolina - Board Member (term expires 2021)

George Wolfe

Partner, Nelson Mullins - Board Member (term expires 2021)

Education Advisory Committee