Columbus area couple take up challenge of running a single screener

posted by CSWalczak on September 28, 2009 at 4:50 am

COLUMBUS, OH — The oldest theater in Franklin County, Ohio will be reopening in stages soon. Formerly the Drexel Grandview in Columbus, Ohio, now to be simply the Grandview, co-owners Jennifer Stancel and her husband David Nedrow will be seeking to show films films that typically do not play in towns such as Columbus. The theater will feature actual 35mm projection.

Regular programming — a mix of “classic, international and independent films,” according to Nedrow — is set to begin Nov. 6.

The theater will be “75 percent” finished when the 1920s movie house opens to the public Friday. Nedrow and Stancel are billing the weekend as a “last chance, first chance” event — the last chance to see some original decorations uncovered by construction and the first chance to see changes that have already been made, including new bathrooms and a rebuilt concession stand.

Read the whole story in the Columbus Dispatch.

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Comments (9)

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on September 28, 2009 at 10:21 am

I wish them well. What this country needs is more independent, passionate single screen operators.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 28, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I wish I lived closer to Columbus; I would support their effort with my regular patronage. However, as the story following this one points out, the supply of indie films (especially on 35mm film)
may well be drying up.

ToledoClassicMovies
ToledoClassicMovies on September 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I, too wish them well. Being the former owner of a restored movie theatre and current successful operator of classic movie society running movies on two area screens, here is my advice:
Digital is not a dirty word—-I use a 7000 lumen DLP projector and get a fantastic sharp, clear image on a 25 foot wide screen.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been in a 35mm theatre and had to endure soft focus or worn prints. With digital my focus is always sharp and the prints are clean.

carolgrau
carolgrau on September 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Digital is a very dirty word, don’t go there if you run 35mm right you will have no major problems.

danpetitpas
danpetitpas on September 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Boy, a $50,000 renovation has now cost them $250,000 and Nedrow lost his job last February as well. This is very scary!

ToledoClassicMovies
ToledoClassicMovies on September 29, 2009 at 7:27 am

Keep in mind I owned and ran a historic theatre for several years, ran 35mm, collected 35mm film for almost 20 years. I like 35mm very much, but in order to keep from going broke especially in classic film exhibition is to avoid expensive shipping as well as have access to hundreds of titles not generally available from 35mm distributors. Especially the public domain material—the few independent distributors that had much of the obscure PD stuff in 35mm are long gone, and surviving prints are in collectors hands. Digital is getting better all the time, and it is no surprise most mainstream releases will eventually, over the next decade be mostly digital.

rotorueter
rotorueter on September 29, 2009 at 9:46 am

I attended the “sneak preview” opening of this theater, which coincided with a showing of the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

The seats are not yet installed (we sat on folding chairs), but the theater is really coming along otherwise. The formerly dingy bathrooms are now brand new, and the whole building has a much cleaner and inviting feel to it (without sacrificing any historical charm).

Jennifer was nice enough to give my girlfriend and I a mini-tour of the place, pointing out 20’s era wall decorations/stencils/paintings that the former owner had covered up with carpet(!!!). Some were heavily water-damaged, and Jen and David hope to properly restore them eventually.

monika
monika on September 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I am thrilled that the Grandview has reopened. The theatre is very lucky to have David and Jennifer there to give the dedication and the attention to the theatre it has desperately needed for so many years.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Is it Still opened?

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