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 […]

Education, Events

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 […]


For Charmaine Clowney, chairing The Nick’s board is ‘just the thrill of my life’

When Charmaine Clowney was growing up in Columbia, she developed an early love of music. She saw her first performances of opera and jazz. She saw the great Dizzy Gillespie play in person, right here it her hometown. “The arts were a way of escaping, living in the segregated South,” she recalls. But here in […]

Local News

Free Times names our own Sumner Bender to its Power List for 2022

Sumner Bender, our new executive director, has been named to the Free Times Power List for 2022, as one of “25 people who continuously reshape and define Columbia’s culture.” The newspaper says “Bender, a longtime board member of Trustus Theatre, has stepped in with enthusiasm and a penchant for the right messaging.” Read more here. […]


The Nickelodeon to host double-feature of films by South Carolina documentary filmmaker, Emily Harrold.

The Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, South Carolina will host two screenings of documentary films by Orangeburg native Emily Harrold on the evening on Wednesday July 13, 2022. The first screening will be of Harrold’s current work-in-progress documentary, IN THE BUBBLE WITH JAIME, which follows the 2020 Senate run of Democrat Jaime Harrison who challenged Lindsey […]


A Note From Sumner

It is officially my first week as Executive Director and I wanted to let you know that The Nickelodeon and its members have been on my mind. I want to get to know as many of you as possible and make sure you know how much you are appreciated. It is the membership base that has […]