Culture on Court Street: a visit to the Athena Cinema

The Athena Cinema, which first opened in 1915, is one of the oldest movie theaters in the country. Located at 20 S. Court St., the Athena shows a variety of movies genres on their three screens, from acclaimed independent films to movies produced by Ohio University students. The Athena will host its 44th annual International Film and Video Festival from April 3 to April 9.

This video delves into the history and current uses of the Athena, and tells of two students’ experiences with the theater:

When you’re broke and have no where to go, Court Street is the place to shop

Let’s face it, being a college student well sucks…especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere and the nearest “mall” has about three stores.


I was only exaggerating.

Don’t lose hope just yet, Court Street has plenty of places to shop and it ranges from small novelty stores to stores where you can purchase certain items we weren’t allowed to film.

Uptown Costumes, the name says it all. You’ll be able to find a large variety of not only costumes but also sweaters and posters. If you’re lucky enough you might run into Charlie, the owner’s dog. Be gentle, he’s an old boy.

Import House is a split into two sections, one side where you can take your parents other side where your mom questions whether or not she actually believes you’re using the money she gave you last month for textbooks. (It’s okay, your parents did the same thing in college.)

Artifacts has a lot of novelty items along with dresses and t-shirts. You’ll be able to find left-handed mugs for your obnoxious left-handed friend (me) and other handmade knick-knacks.

“I usually shop on Court Street after I get breakfast to cure my hangover. It’s a nice way to spend whatever is left of my afternoon,” said a student on Court Street who didn’t want their name used in case their parents were to ever Google them.

Join me as I dragged my boyfriend and a close friend around Court Street to look at things I don’t have room for but will sooner or later end up buying.

Last bar on the left: Broney’s offers good deals and room to breath

You ever go out with your friends on a Friday or Saturday night and cram into a tiny bar? Trust me, I’ve been there.

If you just walk a little farther down Court Street, you can find a hidden gem that somehow gets overlooked as students frolic to the bars and pubs on weekends.

Broney’s sits at the very end of the one-way street, just to the left of the stoplight that overlooks the most popular brick road in Athens, Ohio.

Established in 2006 as an alumni bar, Broney’s is everything you can ask for in a hangout spot. A larger venue, offering patrons a spacious environment where they can walk without the worry of bumping into someone.

A 2011 critique called Broney’s, “a step above the average college dive bar.” When you do make the comparison for yourself, it’s clear to see the accuracy behind the review.

Unlike many of the bars on the Athens main strip, Broney’s offers a nice outdoor patio. On the inside, there are plenty of tables and booths that make for a comfortable visit.

Established in 2006, Broney's offers weekly deals that are affordable, even for college students. (Photo: Shelby Dermer)
Established in 2006, Broney’s offers weekly deals that are affordable, even for college students. (Photo: Shelby Dermer)

The critique went on to mention that Broney’s is one of the few bars in Athens that offers healthier options, too.

What Broney’s has done with their deals is cater to the younger college customers that don’t have as much money to spend on their dining experience.

During the week, Broney’s serves up multiple affordable food and drink specials.

See for yourself:

  • Monday: 50 cent wings, $5 domestic pitchers
  • Tuesday: $5 quesadillas, $3 well margaritas
  • Wednesday: $5 burgers, $1.50 domestic bottles
  • Thursday: $6 game changer, $2 Blue Moon and Fat Tire
  • Sunday: $1.50 domestics

So the next time you’re out letting loose, don’t bother waiting in a long line at Pawpurr’s or Pigskin. Walk a little farther (burn a few more calories to earn that extra beer) and check out Broney’s.

A place where you can actually stand (or sit) comfortable, enjoy a few drinks (try a champagne slush), and enjoy your new favorite bar in Athens.