2254 E. Main Street,
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Drexel Theatres (Official)
Functions: Movies, Movies (Film Festivals)
Styles: Art Deco
News About This Theater
- Mar 24, 2011 — Drexel Theatre acquired by not-for-profit group; will be managed by CAPA
- Dec 23, 2009 — Non-profit group forms to assist Drexel Theater
- Sep 25, 2007 — The Drexel story
The Drexel Theatre opened December 25, 1937 and remained open until the 1970’s, when it closed.
Jeff Frank bought the Drexel Theatre and opened it as an art house in 1981, and it has remained open since then. It was a single screen theater when Frank bought it but was changed to a triplex in the early-1990’s.
The front section of the original auditorium still remains and still has the original Art Deco style decor. Drexel Theatres also manages the Arena Grand, a nine-plex just opened in downtown Columbus. The Drexel Theatre hosts sci-fi and horror marathons every year, sci-fi usually in the spring, horror on Halloween weekend. The 2002 sci-fi marathon was held at the Arena Grand and was a big hit.
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The Drexel has been acquired by a not-for-profit group that will use the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) to manage the theater: View link.
CAPA are good folks, who got their start by saving the historic Ohio Theatre downtown back in 1969. They even have a little experience in movie exhibition, with the Ohio’s summer film series.
Today, the box office revenue is up, content has never been better, and aajor renovation is being planned including a new roof, digital sound and projection, and, yes, new bathrooms. Part of a letter from the Chairman of the Board
I pull up to the drexel today and see the 35mm projectors in the back of a pick-up truck headed to the scrap yard. End of an era.
I’d hope they are headed for another theatre and not a scrapyard!
How will the Drexel ever show old movies if they no longer have any projectors?
We kept one 35mm projector in our big theater, which we have used for the 24-Hour Horror and Sci-Fi Marathons and other events. We have two others in storage. Never fear – 35mm will never leave the Drexel!
Closing March 14, 2016 for a few weeks (likely reopening in June) for remodeling of marquee, doors, flooring and concessions counter.
New renovation pics have been posted.
Opened 25 Dec 1937.
The Drexel and the effort to keep it alive starts at 17:14 in this Youtube video of the Bexley episode of WOSU’s series on Columbus neighborhoods.