New movie theater opens in Northeast Columbia

Employee Jevon Fickling was employed by Capital 8 when they opened in December. Karamie Sullivan photos.

Northeast Columbia residents can now go see the newest movies in a brand new theater. Spotlight Cinemas opened their most recent location, Capital 8, on Columbia Mall Boulevard just a few weeks ago. The movie theater is part of The Meeting Place Church of Greater Columbia’s 23-acre property, and serves as part of the church’s vision to revitalize the surrounding community.

“When I met Bishop Freeman with The Meeting Place Church, I knew we’d become fast friends and business associates” Spotlight Cinemas owner Rick Phillips said. “Hosting movie goers in an affordable, clean and relaxing movie theater is very important to me and I look forward to connecting with the people that visit us at Capital 8.”

The new theater utilized and restored the space where a previous movie theater was formerly located. It is also on a property encompassed within a South Carolina Opportunity Zone.

Opportunity Zones are a new community development program created by Congress that are designed to encourage long-term investments in economically distressed communities designated for development.

“This project is one of the first of what we hope are many successful, impactful Opportunity Zone developments in Columbia, and we look forwarad to seeing more for this exciting time in our city and the people of Columbia,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

Movie tickets at Capital 8 are $8 per person. More information about the theater, including movie show times can be found at

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