Drexel Grandview to close
COLUMBUS, OH — After over 80 years in the business, the Drexel Grandview is closing its doors and leaving nothing but memories for its community. Current management head Jeff Frank states that offers to buy the theatre and add screens have been refused.
The Drexel Theatres Group earlier this year lost their management to the recently built Gateway when Landmark Theatres took over. The Drexel Theatre in Bexley will continue to be run by the Franks.
The Drexel Grandview, the oldest movie theater in Franklin County and one of the region’s few venues for art films, will close Sept. 27.
Owner and manager Jeff Frank said today — the eve of the theater’s 82nd anniversary — that operating a single-screen cinema in a weak economy amid rising costs and a sea of multiplexes has become impossible.
“It’s a dinosaur, and I think we operated it way past what anybody in the industry says anybody could possibly do,” he said. “I don’t think it’s economically viable for it to ever be a movie theater again.”
Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.
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