Columbus' Grandview to close

posted by danpetitpas on September 26, 2008 at 8:00 am

COLUMBUS, OH — The Drexel Grandview is closing this Saturday, September 27. Its operator cited economic difficulties in running a single-screen theater, especially with rising energy costs.The building’s owner turned down an offer to buy the building so more screens could be added. Without the extra screens, the operator had no other choice.

The Grandview had been running without a lease and losing money for some time. It programmed independent and art films exclusively. The theater opened in 1928 and was about to celebrate its 80th anniversary. Its final films are “Elegy”, “Man on Wire”, and “Tell No One”.

You can read more at Public Broadcasting and the Columbus Dispatch.

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Comments (2)

Mark_L on September 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.”

danpetitpas on September 29, 2008 at 8:46 am

That’s waiting until the last moment! At least three newspapers carried news of its closing, and a commentary ran last Friday in the Columbus Dispatch.

I’ve submitted a follow-up story to the News section with your information.

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