Grandview Theatre

1247 Grandview Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43212

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Grandview Theatre

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This nicely restored neighborhood theatre came alive again when the Grandview Heights area was rejuvenated with upscale bistros, galleries and coffee houses.

The Grandview Theatre originally opened in September 1926 with 561 seats. It closed in the early-1960’s and was an antique store until re-opened in the early-1980’s as a sub-run dollar house. That only lasted a year or so when Drexel Theatres added it to its chain of three restored neighborhood houses.

The Drexel Grandview Theatre was due to be closed September 27, 2008, but was temporarily reprieved. This was very short-lived as the theatre was closed on September 30, 2008.

The theatre came under new ownership in October 2008 and after renovations were completed, it reopened in December 2009.

Contributed by Dave

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x44x48 on June 16, 2010 at 3:02 am

Hopefully you plan on trying to match the style/design of the original doors? They really complement the theater the way they are now.

David Nedrow
David Nedrow on July 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Not sure on the style. We’ll be going with modern doors, but hopefully something either similar (3 pane) or stylized. Anyway we cut it, it’s a minimum of $7,000, so not a cheap fix. The existing doors don’t really go with anything in the interior, and we really need secure, energy efficient doors with panic hardware.

Keith on November 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm

the theater now has fixed seats on the right and left sides.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm

fixed as in ‘not broken’ or as in ‘not moveable chairs’ ?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm

The official link is broken — should be just .

Keith on November 19, 2010 at 1:44 am

‘not moveable chairs’ on both sides. the seats in the middle came from a high school. i read that they are trying to raise money to restore the rockers that were in the drexel grandview.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 19, 2010 at 2:50 am

Where did the old seats go?

David Nedrow
David Nedrow on December 24, 2010 at 4:14 am

Actually, as it turned out, we weren’t able to restore the chairs that were here when we took over. They were loungers, not rockers. IE, fixed seat, reclining back.

The seats and backs could have been redone, but the standards and hinging had gone so long without maintenance, or cleaning, that a combination of rust (from roof leaks that were never reported to the land lady) and acid, from spilled soda, had eaten through much of the metal. In some cases, you could literally push hard with a thumb and dent the metal. Unfortunately, the seats and back required this particular standard, so without the metal, the upholstered parts were worthless.

The high school auditorium seats in the middle are in generally good shape, though there are a few “blah HEARTS blah"s scratched in the backs. The plan is to replace these sometime next year, with the same seats we’ve put in on the sides. When we do replace them, the center section will be completely removed and put back in on a radius. The new side seats are already angled toward the screen.

Keith on July 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The grandview has gone digital! First movie this weekend.

David Nedrow
David Nedrow on July 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

As an aside, we have kept one 35mm projector in place, and mothballed the other in the booth. Just in case.

David Nedrow
Grandview Theatre

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