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 […]


Sumner Bender named executive director of The Nickelodeon

Sumner Bender, an educator in Lexington-Richland School District 5 and president of the board of Trustus Theatre, will become the new executive director of The Nickelodeon arthouse theater on June 6. She is the first named permanently to the position since last August. The Columbia native has been the theater teacher at Spring Hill High […]


The Nickelodeon board has a change of leadership

Due to unavoidable but exciting developments, The Nick has just experienced a change in board leadership. Our president since August 2021, Xavier Blake, started a new job in the Albany, NY, area on April 18 as Content & Engagement Manager for WMHT Public Media, the public broadcasting outlet for eastern New York state and western […]


Nick to resume screenings next week

The Nickelodeon theatre will reopen next week, with two movies set for the weekend, April 15-17. Audiences will be able to enjoy “The Worst Person in the World,” a 2021 drama-comedy about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo, and “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” a sci-fi comic-action-adventure film, in updated facilities. The […]


An Important Announcement from your friends at The Nick

The Nickelodeon will be temporarily suspending public screenings as of March 1, 2022. In an effort to fulfill its long-term mission more effectively, the Nickelodeon must temporarily suspend public screenings beginning March 1, 2022. Theatre operations will resume as soon as possible, most likely by the end of March. We will use this time for […]