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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 28, 2008 at 11:16 am

Showtimes through October 2, 2008 are now up on the web site, so they will be open at least one additional week.

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 26, 2008 at 10:37 am

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 café, 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.”

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Mark_L commented about Columbus' Grandview to close on Sep 26, 2008 at 10:36 am

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 café, 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.”

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 24, 2008 at 2:15 am

The Strand in Delaware was opened in April of 1916.

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 23, 2008 at 5:00 am

I noticed the last time I was over that way that there is a door to the backstage area.

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Oh, and for the record, the county auditor site lists the property being built in 1923.

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 4, 2008 at 8:50 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 4, 2008 at 7:54 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 4, 2008 at 4:18 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Sep 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

J. Sittig,

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!

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Mark_L commented about Great Lakes Stadium 16 on Aug 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

All 16 screens have digital projection equipment. At least 1 can show 3-D.

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Mark_L commented about Mann Southtown Theatre on Aug 10, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Buddyboy 100,

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?

Mark L.

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Mark_L commented about Palace Theatre on Jul 2, 2008 at 11:56 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about Flicker's East Cinema Pub on Jul 2, 2008 at 11:44 am

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

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Mark_L commented about Dollar Cinemas Westland on Jul 2, 2008 at 11:39 am

Westland 1 & 2 were in the strip mall just to the east of this location.

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Mark_L commented about Thomas Lamb treasure hosts summer film series on Jun 27, 2008 at 8:29 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Thomas Lamb treasure hosts summer film series on Jun 25, 2008 at 1:01 pm

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!

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Mark_L commented about North High Drive-In on May 4, 2008 at 1:45 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Chakeres East Main Drive-In on May 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

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.

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Mark_L commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 15, 2008 at 9:47 am

I can’t find this town in any list of Ohio locations. Mr. DeLuca, are you sure of that town name?

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Mark_L commented about Gateway Film Center on Mar 3, 2008 at 1:41 pm

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”.

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Mark_L commented about Landmark Theatres takes over Gateway on Mar 3, 2008 at 10:28 am

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.

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Mark_L commented about Gateway Film Center on Mar 3, 2008 at 3:31 am

Name changed to LANDMARK’S GATEWAY on 3/1/08. No immediate change in programming.

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Mark_L commented about Gateway Film Center on Feb 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm

I’m sure they’ll keep the word GATEWAY, as that is very important to the area. Most likely, LANDMARK GATEWAY. As soon as they make any official comment, I’ll post it here.