How we’re filling pantries, seats, and hearts this season.

When we come together to make a difference, everyone wins. That’s why we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to help make the holiday season a little brighter for those who need it most. For the first time, The Nick is hosting a food drive to benefit the Brookland Community Food Bank. We’re offering 10% […]


The Palmetto Society: Honoring our members with a new legacy.

We know you hear it all the time. “The Nick is a cornerstone of the arts in downtown Columbia.” It’s true – over the past year we’ve worked hard to make the theater a place where arts supporters, filmmakers, community leaders and activists, artists, performers and more can gather. But unlike most establishments on Main […]


The Nick and SC Pride to present Paris is Burning

The Nick and South Carolina Pride Movement (SC Pride) will present Paris Is Burning as part of The Nick’s Pride Night celebration on October 18, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. Both organizations are excited to collaborate to bring this film to Columbia for Famously Hot SC Pride.   About the film – Where does voguing come […]


The Nick and National Organization for Women (NOW) Columbia, SC Chapter to present Bella! This Woman’s Place Is in the House

The Nick and National Organization for Women (NOW) Columbia, SC Chapter will present Bella! This Woman’s Place Is in the House, as part of The Nick’s ReelTalk Docuseries, on October 8, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. The event will feature a talkback after the film with panelists provided by NOW and moderated by Heather Bauer, a […]


ReelTalk series pulls community together

We don’t just show movies at The Nick. We pull the community together to talk about them, in ways that enrich the whole community. You’ll see that happen Monday night, Aug. 28, with the next installment of a series of programs we’re calling “ReelTalk.” On that night, we’ll have a one-time showing of “Stay Awake,” […]


‘Barbenheimer’ double-feature breaks records at The Nick

Variety pronounced “Barbenheimer” to be “the movie event of the year.” It certainly was that at The Nick. And then some. “Barbie” is the biggest draw in the theater’s history. And “Oppenheimer” is the fifth-biggest. Presented together as a double feature – the only such event in the Midlands – they drew 3,000 enthusiastic moviegoers […]

Events, Education

Global ‘INPUT’: Xavier Blake’s Trip to Taipei

Over 50 years ago the public broadcasting service (PBS) was created to champion the principles of diversity and excellence of programming, responsiveness to local communities, and service to all. Before I joined The Nick in January, I spent over two decades as a content creator in the public media industry. One of the great joys […]


It’s been a busy year – Growth and Progress at The Nick

It’s been a year since Nickelodeon Board of Directors announced that Sumner Bender was coming aboard as executive director. She joined the team as it was facing a trio of big challenges: It still was far from fully open after more than two years of pandemic. Many doubted the future of the whole industry in […]


Leading The Nick – past, present and future

David Whiteman, newly-elected president of The Nick’s board, has been involved with the theater and its mission almost since the very beginning. The Nickelodeon was started in 1979. Two years later, David came to Columbia to teach political science at the University of South Carolina. He’d heard about the theater, then located just south of […]


End-of-year Capital Campaign more than doubles its $50,000 goal

Dear members and friends, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for your membership and support of The Nick. Your engagement, involvement and support are essential to our success and ability to remain your local neighborhood theater. As members, donors and customers, you are the foundation of our community. Your generosity helps us […]