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Sad news, Monika. I hoped something could be worked out. I posted the email on the Drexel Grandview page on this site.
The theatre will close on September 30, 2008. This email was sent to Drexel Email subscribers:
Dear DREXEL Family,
It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that tonight, September 30, 2008, will be the last night of movies at the Drexel Grandview Theatre.
After the windstorm that closed the Drexel East and Radio CafÃ© for most of five days, we tried hard; but unsuccessfully, to reach
agreement with the Grandview property owner so that we could keep the theatre open for a closing night party. Jeff and I will be at the Grandview tonight to say goodbye to any who come in, gather a few things, and secure the building until we can pack up the bulk of the theatre equipment and move it out in the next few days. We express our deep gratitude to all of you who have shared your Drexel Grandview stories, sent sad but good wishes, and even made offers of services in behalf of possibly keeping the theatre open.
Let us look on the brighter side. We have heard from so many of you and benefited so much personally from your good will. Our Drexel 3-screen theatre and Radio CafÃ© are alive and well. We have lots of programming and operational goals to accomplish in the very next few weeks so that we may continue to bring independent film and events to Columbus. We can certainly use all of your help.
We hope you will visit us at the Drexel Theatre in Bexley, even though it may not be the movie theatre closest to your home. We need lots of support and help to thrive at our business in this very difficult economic time.
Accept our heartfelt thanks and please, please continue to visit the Drexel Theatre and Radio CafÃ©. Feel free to share your ideas and thoughts with us directly through response to
Jeff and Kathy Frank
Showtimes through October 2, 2008 are now up on the web site, so they will be open at least one additional week.
In an email to Drexel patrons sent Friday afternoon, 9/26/08, Jeff Frank announced “Because of the severe storms last week and the loss of power at both our theatres and cafÃ©, and the fact that many people were without power, we decided it would be best to postpone our Grand Closing Event for Drexel Grandview. We are currently working on keeping the theatre open for a few additional weeks so we can plan this event and we’re still trying to work out a way to keep the theatre open longer.”
The Strand in Delaware was opened in April of 1916.
I noticed the last time I was over that way that there is a door to the backstage area.
Oh, and for the record, the county auditor site lists the property being built in 1923.
Regarding the two store rooms on either side of the theatre…I looked the property up on the County Auditor site and did some measuring. Looks like those rooms are 16' wide and 40' long. You COULD put a screening room in there, but after you take out space for a booth and screen/speakers, you aren’t left with much.
There is no stage, nor room for a backstage. Honestly, I don’t see how that theatre could be chopped up into smaller rooms…it isn’t that big to start with. ALso, the acoustics are NOT good in that room, as it is very hard to understand some dialog in there…I saw a British film there once with heavy accents, and it was almost impossible to understand what was going on.
There are a number of very successful restaurants very close by…perhaps the owner is hoping for a restaurant in that space. Wall off the back for a kitchen and put tables toward the front.
According to the article, the owner has no plans for the building. I doubt anyone else would even try to make a go if it in there. I don’t see anyone wanting a single screen.
I’ll post if I hear anything about the space. Restaurants do well in that area, and that space could work for a nice place.
The Drexel Grandview will close on September 27, 2008. The theatre has been operating at a loss and without a lease for some time. Offers to purchase the building were rejected by the current owner.
Jeff & Kathy Frank will continue to operate the 3-screen Drexel Theatre in Bexley OH.
Was SAND PEBBLES shown in 70mm out there? I wasn’t sure, and I haven’t added it to my films I’ve seen in 70mm list.
That was a very nice theatre. As time wore on, it became a bit rundown. I don’t think they ever replaced those small surround speakers, and toward the end, they really sounded bad. But those Norelco’s were things of beauty!
All 16 screens have digital projection equipment. At least 1 can show 3-D.
I’m really confused about what you are saying. In your post of 12/25/2007, you asked
“Help anyone, Michael C. and I a having an ongoing debate about whether or not Star Wars (the original) played at the Southtown back in 1977. (Not whether it opened there, it apparently didn’t, but a short time later if it played there.)”
Now, Michael Coate has rather conclusively proved that the film did not play there in 1977 OR 1978. You specifically asked Michael C. to list the films in 1977 from the opening of STAR WARS through August in your post of Jan. 13, 2008. He’s done that, and no STAR WARS. Seems to me he has proven his case. So, when DID you see STAR WARS at the Southtown?
One very odd thing about this theatre is that when you walk into the balcony, it feels like you are leaning to the side. VERY disconcerting! I experienced it as a child and then again, many years later, when I attended a concert. My dad told me one time that he hated going there for the same reason.
No idea why this happens…probably some type of optical illusion.
I just checked the County Database of properties, and it looks like the City of Columbus now owns this structure. Transfer occurred on 6/10/08
Westland 1 & 2 were in the strip mall just to the east of this location.
There are 2 and maybe 3 projectors in the booth. They do have reel changes. Boston Light & Sound did some refurbishing up there a few years ago. The do usually put up an intermission tag. The intermissions have been there since the beginning of the series 39 years ago.
The Ohio is one of the great movie palaces anywhere. Clark Wilson is an amazing organist and his presentations of silent films are works of art.
Just a note, when they ran NAPOLEON in its 1980’s release, they had 5 projectors in the booth — the 3 house projectors ganged for the 3 screen sequence, and two portable units for the rest of the film.
This is one of the great deals anywhere. Admission is only $3.50 and cheaper for seniors. All films are preceded by organ music usually by Clark Wilson. Each year, Clark plays a silent film, this year it will be SPARROWS with Mary Pickford on July 16 & 17. Clark is one of the finest accompanists I have ever heard.
The Ohio Theatre is located in Downtown Columbus, and inexpensive parking is available under the State Capitol building across the street.
One word of warning: ALL films are shown with an intermission. On NORTH BY NORTHWEST, it came during the crop dusting scene. It usually falls on a reel change!
Also a Miles Drive-In, like the East Main.
Played Porn the last few years of operation.
I don’t believe this land was ever developed.
Miles East Main. I went there often when younger. Used to wait for the projectionist to get hot and open the door. One night, he was running flat films and had to run a scope trailer on one machine. It was great to see him hustle around to put the reel on and thread up that other machine.
There was a root beer drive-in outside the gate that you could see from the inside. It was a sure sign the evening was getting late when they turned off the revolving root beer mug on top.
This was never twinned…always a single screen.
For the record, Whitehall is an eastern suburb of Columbus, OH. There were 2 other drive-ins on E. Main Street in Whitehall, one was the Inn-Town and I think the other was the EastSide.
I can’t find this town in any list of Ohio locations. Mr. DeLuca, are you sure of that town name?
Display ad in the Dispatch, which started running on Saturday, March 1, 2008, does show the apostrophe: “Landmark’s Gateway Theater”. I am not familiar with the architect, but whoever it was had to design in a very odd space (all rooms are very high and steep).
I believe there are actually only 7 full screens and one “multi-purpose room”.
I don’t expect Landmark to do any better there than the Drexel. Many of the OSU students consider the area to be too expensive, and the general community really has no good reason to go there.
The theatre is nice enough, but many find having to pay for parking to be annoying.
Biggest problem here is the AMC Lennox 24-plex that is about 2 miles away. They have abundant free parking, usually show the latest films, and have free bus service for OSU students almost straight to the door.
To get me to go there, Landmark will have to program films I just can’t see anywhere else. Given a choice, we’ll probably go to the $5.00 AM CINEMA shows at the Lennox.