Grandview Theatre

1247 Grandview Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43212

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 10, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Does that mean it was used for some other purpose for three years before becoming a theatre?

Mark_L on September 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm

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

Mark_L on September 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 10, 2008 at 6:41 am

The Southern Theatre is older than either the Grandview or the Palace, though it no longer shows movies. The Lincoln may also be older than the Grandview.

David Nedrow
David Nedrow on September 8, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I believe the Grandview opened in ‘26. The Drexel opened in '38. The Grandview (having opened two months before the Palace) is the oldest surviving theatre in Columbus.

I would also take with a grain of salt some of the information being distributed about the “whys” of the decision.

monika on September 6, 2008 at 10:20 am

Meheuck is probably right in thinking that the storefronts would be converted. That is the only expansion option that makes any sense.

meheuck on September 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I don’t think there was any plan to twin the auditorium itself. It’s more likely that the Franks were hoping to purchase the other storefronts, nay the entire land parcel, from its current owner, and convert those into small screening rooms.

A sad day. I was working for the Franks when they first acquired the theatre, and saw all the beautiful renovation they did to the place, and worked many long, proud hours at the theatre when it reopened. I may be hundreds of miles away now, but I’m going to miss it all the same.

monika on September 4, 2008 at 9:27 am

There actually is a stage, and space behind the screen. I think that it could host live theatre, with a little creativity and some changes to the current design.

I agree with Mark L, the idea of twinning it seems unbelievable, especially with the acoustics… That area of Grandview Heights is so special to people, and the residents so involved, I am sure the theatre will be reincarnated somehow.

Mark_L on September 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 4, 2008 at 8:00 am

Here’s the Columbus Dispatch article.

If yesterday was the theatre’s 82nd anniversay, as the Dispatch article states, then the descrption above is incorrect (‘Originally opened in 1938’)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 4, 2008 at 7:57 am

Could it work as a live theatre? Does it have a real stage?

Mark_L on September 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 4, 2008 at 7:04 am

I’m sorry to hear this. Drexel seems to be shrinking as a chain, having shed the Arena Grand and Gateway as well.

Who will take over the Grandview?

Mark_L on September 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.

monika on April 8, 2008 at 9:08 am

Some interior shots of the Grandview:
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Mark_L on October 11, 2005 at 10:49 am


I think you are mixing up the ARENA GRAND downtown with the DREXEL GRANDVIEW. The OSU games and other attractions are shown at the ARENA GRAND next to Nationwide Arena. To my knowledge, Grandview has never shown an OSU game.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 17, 2005 at 5:08 pm

According to the Columbus Dispatch ( online archives, the Grandview reopened as an independent second-run house on Wednesday, March 25, 1987, two months later than planned. It had last shown movies some time in the 1960s.

The Drexel Theatre group briefly programmed the Grandview as an art house from late October, 1988 to May, 1989, but it then returned to second runs. It closed as an independent theatre during the third weekend of May, 1992, then reopened as the Drexel Grandview on Saturday, May 8, 1993.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 11, 2005 at 4:05 am

A photo of Theodore Lindenberg standing in the Grandview’s projection booth. The accompanying description identifies Lindenberg as founder of the Bexley Theatre, which sadly has been demolished.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 19, 2004 at 11:46 am

This theatre is actually located not within the City of Columbus, but rather in the adjoining suburb of Grandview Heights.