Studio 35 Cinema

3055 Indianola Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43202

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TLSLOEWS on May 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Well alright,good luck to them.

Keith on May 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm

studio 35 now has a liquor license. they want to serve wine.

Keith on February 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

the Indianola sign is under the studio 35 sign. saw it when they were putting up the new 35 sign.

Keith on February 14, 2010 at 8:30 am

“The auditorium of the Cleve theater included "Hollywood” themed murals on the side walls. These murals were removed to the Indianola Theatre (aka Studio 35) and installed in reverse (left mural on right wall, etc.) where they remain today.“ — Cinematour

Mark_L on October 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm

For a time in the very late ‘50’s, this theatre was known as the FOX Theatre and played “adult” features. I found this looking up some information in the Columbus Dispatch microfilm records.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 24, 2009 at 8:01 am

This is another 1982 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Here is a July 2008 close-up view.

RichM on June 6, 2008 at 9:30 am

They were running some first runs when I had DR. office there within last 10 yrs.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2008 at 7:53 pm

The function could be updated to include first run movies in addition to second run.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Thanks. Do we need to revise the description that I wrote here six years ago?

monika on June 3, 2008 at 7:50 pm

They’d do some first run, national release date openings, but often would open a movie a week or two after the release date as well.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 3, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Is Studio 35 now a first-run theatre? I see Indiana Jones on that marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2008 at 7:37 pm

This is a 2008 photo of Studio 35.

monika on June 7, 2007 at 9:53 am

Here’s a photo of Studio 35 taken in December 2005:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 7, 2007 at 8:39 am

This is a 7/24/2003 article about the Studio 35 Cinema.

“New Owners of Theater in Columbus, Ohio, Hope to Revitalize Aging Landmark.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch
Byline: Mike Pramik

Jul. 24—You’ve probably heard the story about the guy who liked an electric razor so much that he bought the company.

Clintonville resident Damon Dalrymple said he had so much fun going to movies at Studio 35 that he’ll soon be co-owner of the 65-year-old Clintonville landmark.

Dalrymple and a partner, Matt Chess, are set to take possession of Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave., within days.

“I had my first date with my wife at this theater,” Dalrymple said. “My grandparents used to go on dates there.

“I’ve lived in Clintonville 15 years, and it’s really a very important part of our neighborhood.”

Dalrymple and Chess are forming a partnership to buy the theater — which serves pizza and beer and shows first-run movies — from John Conti, who has run it since 1995. Conti said he’s selling because chronic problems with his legs prevent him from the rigors of maintaining the theater.

Financial details weren’t released. The deal is expected to close on Aug. 1.

Dalrymple, a senior research chemist for Abitec Corp., said he and Chess, a real-estate investor, plan to show Ohio State University football games in the fall and occasionally book a live band. Otherwise, it will continue to show movies.

The new owners do intend to make one major cosmetic change: replacing or refurbishing all 358 seats by the end of the year.

“We don’t want to change the feel of the place,” Dalrymple said. “The only thing changing will be the seats.”

Conti will remain as a consultant to the new owners, in particular, helping them to secure films.

“I’m not able to handle the day-to-day operation of the theater, running up and down the stairs to the projection booth,” he said. “But I plan to keep in close contact, and I’ll be around.”

Studio 35 is one of only three remaining single-screen theaters in Columbus. The others are the Ohio Theatre and the Drexel Grandview.

Studio 35 opened on Feb. 17, 1938, as the Indianola Theater with a screening of Stage Door, starring Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Adolphe Menjou.

Local businessman Frank Marzetti bought the theater in 1953 and started serving beer and pizza in 1972.

Since then it changed hands twice before Dalrymple and Chess decided to buy it.

They’ll have a challenge, said Jeff Frank, who owns two Drexels and the Arena Grand.

“As a single-screen theater owner, I’m here to say they are extremely hard to run because the whole business has changed to the multiple theater,” he said. “When you make a decision to play a film, it’s like being a gunfighter. You go out and you draw, and that’s it. You get only one draw a week.”

Conti felt that pain in 2000, when it appeared that Studio 35 would fold. He made a public plea for people to patronize the theater — and it worked.

Conti now has an e-mail list of 1,700 people whom he updates about upcoming films. A decision to go to first-run movies at that time also made a big difference, he said.

“It helped just raising public awareness that one of the last of its kind was going to be gone forever if people didn’t support it a little more,” Conti said.

Dalrymple admits it’s “a huge passion rather than a financial decision.”

But the theater’s continued operation is seen as important to the vibrancy of its small portion of Indianola Avenue, which has a pizza shop and dry cleaners and recently has seen the rebirth of two art galleries.

“There are probably eight or 10 buildings in Clintonville that people would identify as defining buildings, and Studio 35 is clearly one of those,” said Jack Cooley, chairman of the Clintonville Area Commission.

“Everybody will be really happy to hear the new owner is going to continue it as a theater”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 17, 2007 at 5:32 am

A close-up view of Studio 35 can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 27, 2006 at 2:32 pm

This is a photo of Studio 35 Cinema.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 22, 2004 at 7:55 am

In the late 1960s and early 70s it was called “Marzetti’s Studio 35”.

JohnFulton on August 20, 2004 at 1:13 pm

The Theater is under new ownership and substantial improvements have been made: the most important of which are wonderful new LEATHER seats. They are wonderful. The projection equipment has been upgraded along with the sound system. There’s still a Horror Marathon and Rocky Horror twice a month on Saturday at Midnight. The normal fare is a mixture of first and second run mass market stuff with the recent addition of a reduced price “late show” of some great classics. Scarface and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure are just two of the ones planned for the next few weeks. And no one has said anything about being able to drink beer and eat pizza and subs while watching the movie. It’s a great experience and I try to patronize them as often as possible. (Oh, and the bathrooms have been enlarged, too.)

Randall on April 20, 2004 at 10:30 pm

I rememember when the STUDIO 35 was still the INDIANOLA, but my favorite memories are from the mid 70’s when the STUDIO 35 and THE WORLD were the best places to see classic and cult films. Thanks to the STUDIO 35 I saw all the Marx Brothers films on the big screen. My best friend, Chris and I would camp out all Sunday at the STUDIO 35 watching films and then head to German Village to Schmidts Sausage Haus for dinner. (Challenging the clueless accordion player to play TICO TICO!) Ahhhhhhh!

collinsd on June 19, 2002 at 10:54 am

Just as a little bit of an update. This theater was originally opened in 1938 as the Indianola and was designed by F & Y Construction Co.

fonslf on May 23, 2002 at 2:04 pm

I saw the roadshow print of the “Ten Commandments” at Studio 35, and it was fantastic! Definitely the way to see it, NOT on video! They also do festivals and marathons. I can’t praise them enough! (Er, the bathrooms could be a little bigger…)