Past Events At The Drexel

The Big Give is coming!

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, October 10 - 12:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 11

The Big Give is coming!

Don’t forget to support Friends of the Drexel when you make your gifts during The Big Give on Oct 10 & 11.

Your gift to Friends of the Drexel will support and sustain your neighborhood theatre for independent film in central Ohio.

Mark your calendar for 10am on October 10th to participate in The Big Give. Your gift to Friends of the Drexel will be amplified by a $1.3 million bonus pool of funds from The Columbus Foundation, its donors, and its partners. Go BIG. Be KIND! Think DREXEL.

For more information:

Another Peek at the Renovations at the Drexel Theatre - Video #2

Back This Summer!

Here is another look at what is happening inside the Drexel Theatre! Thank you to our friends at CAPA--your Columbus Association for the Performing Arts--for the video. ‪Todd Bemis, VP of Theatre Operations takes us on a tour of upcoming changes to the:
- ceiling
- color scheme
- walls
- acoustics
- seats
- marquee

You can also follow the renovation updates on Facebook and Instagram (@drexeltheatre). #RenoUpdate

Take a Peek at the Lobby & Marquee Renovations at the Drexel Theatre

Back This Summer!

Now you can get an in-depth peek at what is planned for the lobby and marquee renovations at the Drexel Theatre! We cannot wait to re-open this summer and welcome you back to our home. Thank you to our friends at CAPA--your Columbus Association for the Performing Arts--for the video. ‪Todd Bemis, VP of Theatre Operations takes us on a tour of upcoming changes to the:
- marquee
- entry doors
- ceiling
- concession
- floor
- lighting

You can also follow the renovation updates on Facebook and Instagram (@drexeltheatre). #RenoUpdate


Theatre will close for approximately 12 weeks beginning March 14

Proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Drexel, Columbus’ non-profit, 1930s Art Deco cinema, will begin renovation of the theatre’s iconic marquee, entrance, and lobby in an anticipated 12-week project helmed by M+A Architects and Elford Construction. As such, the Drexel will close to the public beginning March 14.

Marquee/Outdoor Work
Thanks to a grant from the Bexley Community Foundation, the Drexel’s iconic marquee will be restored to its original Art Deco splendor. Work will include replacement of the existing neon tubing, removal of the existing false ceiling beneath the marquee, and rehabilitation of its original ceiling. New lighting will be added beneath the marquee, and colored lights will be reinstalled behind the glass block.

In keeping with tradition, signage for films and coming attractions will use the same manual lettering. The entry doors will be replaced with new doors based on the building’s original design.

In 2012, Friends of the Drexel replaced the barrel roof above the three theatres to protect the integrity of the structure. In this phase of renovation, the roof over the lobby portion of the building will be replaced.

Entry Lobby
The entry lobby will be beautified and the original terrazzo flooring will be restored. Damage to the walls and ceiling will be repaired and repainted, retaining the original ceiling design.

Main Lobby
New carpet with an Art Deco design will be laid in the main lobby, and the existing, non-original concessions counter will be removed. A new, full-service concessions counter, complimentary to the Art Deco design, will be installed, and its dropped ceiling area will be replaced and restored to its original height. The plaster crown molding will also be restored. New wall sconces will be installed. The enclosure to the second-floor stairway, added in the 1990s, will be removed and the area restored to its original appearance.

Final Phase of Renovation
Friends of the Drexel, in conjunction with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), is currently fundraising to secure the remaining capital needed to fund the final phase of renovation. The final phase will include new seating, flooring, and wall coverings in the Drexel’s three theatres and installation of special staging, lighting, and sound for community events in the large theatre.

Completed Work to Date
The upcoming renovations are in addition to work already completed by Friends of the Drexel including newly constructed men’s and women’s restroom facilities, replacement of the barrel roof over the three theatres, replacement of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units, conversion of all three theatres to state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and installation of a high-tech, closed captioning system for hearing-impaired patrons.

“When Friends of the Drexel acquired the theatre five years ago, and hired CAPA to run it, we said our work wouldn’t be done until we turned it around financially and restored this cultural jewel to its Art Deco splendor,” stated Richard Stoff, Chairman of the Friends of the Drexel Board. “We’re about to realize our vision with gifts from the Lazarus, Crane, and Jeffrey families, as well as hundreds of other citizens, and generous support from the Bexley Community Foundation, Franklin County, City of Bexley, and the State of Ohio.”

Broadcast Premiere of WOSU's Columbus Neighborhoods: Bexley

Sunday, February 15
7:30 pm Introduction / 8:00 pm Screening

Join WOSU Public Media and the Drexel Theatre for a special, free community screening of Columbus Neighborhoods: Bexley followed by a Q&A session with Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler on Sunday, February 15.

This special documentary is part of WOSU Public Media's Columbus Neighborhoods, a series originally developed to celebrate the city's bicentennial in 2012 and Columbus' historic neighborhoods, and has grown into an extensive community outreach project with storytelling sessions and public forums.

$25 Sweetheart Movie Deal on Valentine's Day ONLY (after 4pm)

Friday, February 14

The Drexel has a Sweetheart Deal for your Date Night on Valentine's Day!

What You Get for $25:
2 movie tickets (to the film of your choice the night of 2/14)
+ 1 large popcorn
+ 2 sodas
+ 2 truffles

This special deal is only available after 4pm on Friday, Feb. 14th. You must purchase this special at the Drexel box office.

16th Annual Drexel Red Carpet Bash

Sunday, February 24, 2013
6:30 pm doors open / 8:00 pm telecast

For the 16th consecutive year, the Drexel invites you to walk the Red Carpet and mingle with Columbus movie fans for HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST NIGHT presented LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN in stunning HD! You won't want to miss a minute of the glitz and glamour as filmland's favorites claim their golden statues - and with our new DIGITAL PROJECTION SYSTEM, you see it bigger and brighter than ever!

Walk the red carpet and be cheered by autograph seeking fans and paparazzi, enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres from area restaurants and specialty themed drinks at our cash bars. Come in your most glamorous attire or dress-up as a nominated star or movie, and win fabulous prizes. During the show, exciting prizes will be awarded by our celebrity MC's.

Enter the Annual "Pick The Winners Contest" - win a year of free movies at the Drexel!

The Red Carpet Pre-show coverage will be shown from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, and the entire AWARDS will begin at 8:00 pm and continue until the last statuette is presented.


Tickets to the Drexel Red Carpet Bash are $30 in advance / $35 at the door. DREXEL MEMBERS are $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the Drexel Theatre Box Office, by phone at (614) 231-1050, or online HERE. For group sales, please call (614) 446-1614.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Drexel, Inc. and the Drexel Theatres artistic and educational programs.

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22nd Annual Drexel Red Carpet Bash - Oscar Party

Sunday, February 24, 2019
6:30 pm doors open | 8:00 pm telecast

For the 22nd consecutive year, the Drexel invites you to walk the Red Carpet and mingle with Columbus movie fans for HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST NIGHT presented LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN in stunning HD! You won't want to miss a minute of the glitz and glamour as filmland's favorites claim their golden statues!

Walk the red carpet, enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and specialty themed cocktails at our cash bar! Come in your most glamorous attire (Old Hollywood, vintage, black and/or white) or dress-up as a nominated star or movie, and you could win fabulous prizes.

Enter the Annual "Pick The Winners Contest" - win a year of free movies at the Drexel!

Ticket Prices:
$30 in advance | $35 at the door
DREXEL MEMBERS - $20 in advance | $25 at the door

Our Event Sponsors:
Director - Wasserstrom

Costume Designer - Bexley Market District Express
Costume Designer - Elford Inc.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Drexel, Inc. and the Drexel Theatres artistic and educational programs.


January 25 & 26 at 9:00 p.m.

Starting in January each month the Drexel Theatre will screen a series of classic and cult films based on a particular theme. January's theme: Long Winter Nights. A showcase of films using the cold of winter as central to the plot. On January 25th and 26th, we present MISERY.

Friday, Jan. 25 at 9:00 pm - Get tickets
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9:00 pm - Get tickets

Synopsis: After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Tickets: $6.50

Join us for a film series that is guaranteed to make those dark, cold nights just a little more fun.

THE AWFUL TRUTH - Drexel Anniversary Screening

Tuesday, December 25 at 2:00 p.m.

The Drexel will have an anniversary screening of The Awful Truth on Tuesday, December 25 at 2:00 pm. It was the featured film during the Theatre's opening weekend in 1937, after opening our doors on Christmas Day. Admission is only $1.00.

Leo McCarey won an Oscar for his direction of this classic screwball comedy in which Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play Jerry and Lucy Warriner, a couple whose marriage is starting to fall apart. Unfounded suspicions lead the married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

Get your tickets here.

Chinatown (1974)

Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. - Free Admission

The historic Drexel Theatre continues its America’s Greatest Films series on Tuesday, December 4 with Chinatown. Made possible through the generous support of PNC, the series will show a classic film on the first Tuesday of each month. This presentation will include an introduction and post-film Q&A. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Story: When Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities, he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray's sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets as Evelyn's father (John Huston) becomes a suspect in the case. The film received 11 Academy Award nominations, but only won one award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

POLAR EXPRESS - Drexel Holiday Film Series

December 6-9

All Aboard! The 2018 Drexel Holiday Film Series kicks off with THE POLAR EXPRESS!

Join us for our POLAR EXPRESS PJ Party + HOT COCOA BAR. Wear your PJ's, bring your blankets! Our Hot Cocoa Bar will start 30 minutes before each screening and is complimentary with donations accepted for a cause to be announced.

We'll screen THE POLAR EXPRESS (G) three times:
Thur, Dec.6 @ 6:00 pm - SOLD OUT!
Sat, Dec. 8 @ 10:00 am - SOLD OUT!
Sun, Dec. 9 @ 2:00 pm - SOLD OUT!

On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus' home.

Drexel Family Admission: $2 for kids (2-12) • $3 for adults • Under 2 and Drexel Members FREE

Rudy - BrewDog Outdoor Movie

Sunday, November 4 at 6:00 p.m.

On November 4, as part of BrewDog's Hop-O-Ween & Fall Festival, BrewDog DogTap (96 Gender Road, Canal Winchester, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110) and the Drexel Theatre will co-host a screening of the classic RUDY. Bring your blankets and chairs and join us to watch one of your favorite movies projected outside. The Drexel will be providing a pop-up concession stand and a portion of beer sales will benefit Friends of the Drexel. FREE ADMISSION!

See more at the Facebook event page here.

The Room

Saturday, May 11th at Midnight

The Room always screens on the second Saturday at midnight every month at the Drexel.

The Room is an electrifyingly funny cult black comedy audience participation movie about love, passion, betrayal and lies. Writer/director Tommy Wiseau stars as Johnny, a successful banker who feels so badly wronged by those nearest and dearest to him that he finds himself asking, can you ever really trust anyone? Tickets are $6.50 and $5.50 for students.

See the film's website here.

SOLD OUT! - Special Screening: Twisted Pair - a Neil Breen film

Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.

SOLD OUT! - Identical twin brothers become hybrid A.I (artificial intelligence) entities, yet torn in different directions to achieve justice for humanity.

Written & directed by: Neil Breen

Visit the film's website here. Watch the trailer here.

Columbus Jewish Film Festival at the Drexel

November 11, 13 & 18

The Columbus Jewish Film Festival invites you to join us on a two-week cinematic journey … a kaleidoscope of comedies, dramas and documentaries exploring the global Jewish experience with stories of joy and celebration, love and loss, tolerance and activism, ethics and history. The festival runs November 4-19, 2018.

The Columbus Jewish Film Festival will screen at the Drexel:

Nov. 11 @ 7:30 pm
The Cakemaker

Nov. 13 @ 7 pm
Promise at Dawn

Nov. 18
@ 11:30 am
AES Short Film Competition Winners
@ 2:30 pm When Heroes Fly
@ 5 pm Longing

For more info & tickets:

2018 Summer Kids Film Series

June 8 - July 29

The Drexel Theatre is please to announce the 2018 Summer Kids Film Series, June 8 - July 29!
Each week the films will screen:
Fridays at 10 am / Saturdays at 10 am / Sundays at 2 pm

Check the Drexel Facebook events page for details and fun extras each weekend!

June 8, 9, 10 HIDDEN FIGURES
June 15, 16, 17 PADDINGTON 2
June 22, 23, 24 THE IRON GIANT
June 29, 30, July 1 THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
July 6, 7, 8 BABE
July 20, 21, 22 HUGO

Tickets: 12 years old & younger - $1, 13 & older - $3

Gramercy Books Bexley presents Lisa Scottoline at the Drexel Theatre

Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Gramercy Books is proud to partner with The Drexel and Capital University Law School for this special event.

An exclusive central Ohio evening with New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline at the launch of FEARED, her latest legal thriller in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series. When writing about this series, Janet Maslin of The New York Times called Scottoline’s books “punchy, wisecracking thrillers” whose “characters are earthy, fun and self-deprecating” and distinguishes her as having “one of the best-branded franchise styles in current crime writing.” This sixth entry in her series expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness. Told with the author’s trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, FEARED asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared…

General admission tickets are $10. Your ticket entitles you to a $10 discount off the purchase price of FEARED. The book will be available upon its August 14th publication date at Gramercy Books, 2424 E. Main Street, or at the August 15th event. Get your tickets here.

Lisa Scottoline is the author of thirty novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the U.S. and has been published in thirty-five countries. Scottoline has served as President of Mystery Writers of America, and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction,” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater.

Quiet Down In Front: OVER THE TOP (with Superman Onyx)

Thursday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Do you like Movies? Do you like arm wrestling? Do you like movies about arm wrestling? Well then you’re in luck. Join us and David Z Price for "Quiet Down In Front". This month's classic is OVER THE TOP, and Dave and his friends will make some fun while we all watch the movie! Please note: adult content.

Come watch Sylvester Stallone glisten with arm wrestling sweat as he uses his right arm to find glory. Comedian David Price be joined by Local funnymen Nick Eagan and Kevin Little. Get there right at 7 pm because we are having our own arm wrestling competition. Local pro wrestler, personal trainer and all around stud, Shawn Trainer Jones (aka Superman Onyx) will be in the house and if you can beat him, you will win a prize!!!

Tickets: $10; $5 students. Get your tickets here.

Coming to America - hosted by the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for the 30th-anniversary screening of Coming to America, one of the films featured in the exhibition, Creating the Illusion: Costumes & Characters from the Paramount Archive. Q&A with Curator Randall Thropp and book signing with Jay Jorgensen, co-author of Creating the Illusion will follow the screening. Hosted by the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.

Get your $5 tickets at the Drexel box office or online.
Get tickets here.

RBG Central Ohio Premiere with Judge Algenon L. Marbley (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us at the Drexel Theatre for the exclusive Central Ohio Premiere of RBG on May 10th at 7 pm. Following the premiere, the Friends of the Drexel will host a panel discussion moderated by Algenon L. Marbley, United States District Judge, Southern District of Ohio. Panel participants feature Rachel Bloomekatz (Gupta Wessler PLLC,) Martha Chamallas (OSU Moritz College of Law,) and Dan Kobil (Capital University Law School.)

RBG is the Sundance Film Festival sensation documentary about the extraordinary life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since August 1993.

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Tickets: $20 each available at Eventbrite only:

Presented by Friends of the Drexel

The Organizer sponsored by the Free Press - CIFAF

Thursday, March 22 - 7:00 p.m.

Join us at the Drexel Theatre for the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival screening of The Organizer. This film is sponsored by the Free Press and will be followed by a Q&A with Wade Rathke.

The Organizer is a film about people who have dedicated their lives to the often hidden, usually messy and always controversial job of building power for the powerless. Wade Rathke founded ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). The film depicts how the biggest poor people’s organization in US history was built, and it was destroyed.

Rathke, a former anti-Vietnam war and welfare rights organizer, founded ACORN in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1970 with a handful of low-income families. When the organization became national news decades later, it had half a million members and chapters in over a hundred cities across the USA.

In between is an incredible story about the dedication and entrepreneurial vision of a small group of organizers and a growing army of inspiring community activists.

Director: Nick Taylor

Tickets: $8

CIFAF Shorts at the Drexel

March 23 & 24

Join us at the Drexel Theatre for shorts as part of the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival!

Saturday, March 24 - 5:30 pm
Ohio Documentary Shorts

Explore human trafficking, crises of faith, music, murder, mental illness, and more in this selection of short documentaries from Ohio.
Tickets: $8

PJ's, Doughnuts & Saturday Morning Cartoons From Around the World

Saturday, March 24 - 10:00 a.m.

The Columbus International Film & Animation Festival isn’t just for adults. Keep the kiddos in their PJ's and bring them to the Drexel for Saturday Morning Cartoons From Around the World! The Tupelo Doughnuts truck will be parked in front of the theatre that morning (starting at 8:30 am,) plus we'll have coffee and hot cocoa available at the concession!

This year, children of all ages can hunt UFOs, sell stars, explore a Singaporean bazaar, and more in this selection of colorful animation.

Tickets: $3 adults; children 12 & under free. Reserve and purchase tickets here.

The Veterans' Project - CIFAF

Saturday, March 24 - 12:15 p.m.

Join us at the Drexel Theatre for the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival screening of The Veterans' Project. Delve into the complicated world of health care faced by America's veterans in this feature-length documentary by Todd Fredricks and Media in Medicine.

The Veterans’ Project is a feature-length documentary that weaves together the testimonies of injured or ill combat veterans who navigate the complexities of military, VA, and civilian medical systems in seeking treatment and reintegration into civilian life. The project is the first for director Todd Fredricks and the collaborative group, Media in Medicine. The producers are proud to feature Gary Sinise as the film’s narrator.

The Veterans ' Project takes a unflinching look at the military-civilian gap, as stories of veterans and healthcare professionals are woven together to reveal the uphill battle most combat and service-wounded veterans face when navigating the complexities of military, VA and civilian healthcare systems.

The original inspiration for this film came from first-time producer/director, Todd Fredricks, and his experience as a flight surgeon with three tours in Iraq, as well as his career as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, family medicine practitioner and educator.

Visit their FB page: Media in Medicine

Tickets: $8

Fishbowl California with Musicians & Magicians - CIFAF

Saturday, March 24 - 7:45 p.m.

Join us at the Drexel Theatre for the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival screening of Michael A. MacRae’s Fishbowl California. Presented alongside Musicians and Magicians, the story of Henry, a struggling screenwriter, and his girlfriend, Dorry. A Q&A with director Michael. A MacRae along with Cast/Producers will follow.

Fishbowl California
A man struggling to find purpose in life is enlightened by a drunk, ailing widow.

Director: Michael A. MacRae

Visit their FB page: Fishbowl California

Musicians and Magicians
Meet Henry: a flustered screenwriter who stages his life like a movie while struggling to hold down a relationship with his girlfriend, Dorry, a down-to-earth therapist.

Director: Ben Williams

Tickets: $8

Duet with To Kuyumba - CIFAF

Saturday, March 24 - 10:15 p.m.

Join us at the Drexel Theatre for the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival screening of director Darrin Hoover’s feature-length Duet, the story of two men, one gun, and one dead body. It is presented alongside Miroslav Savic’s story of a young Serbian man’s emotional farewell to his father on the eve of a journey to Siberia.

Director: Darrin Hoover
Two men, one gun, one dead body.

To Kuyumba
Director: Mirolsav Savic
Living in the boondocks of Serbia, Marko is a young man pushed by a lack of job prospects into hard labor in the cold and loneliness of Siberia. He is facing his last 24 hours at home, with his only family being his formerly successful father, now retired and broke and drowning his desperation in liquor. Unable to communicate, their love and concern translate into quarrels and misunderstandings. Though both are eager to bury the hatchet and have a proper farewell, they end up having a horrible fight, with time running out for them to part on good terms.

Tickets: $8

Major League
Plus Cleveland's Opener at Seattle

Thursday, March 29 - 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, March 29, the Drexel will show the legendary baseball film MAJOR LEAGUE at 7:30 p.m. After that screening, we'll show Cleveland's 2018 opener at Seattle on the big screen. It's a night of the national pastime to celebrate the new season!

Tickets for MAJOR LEAGUE are just $5, see the game for FREE! Buy tickets HERE.

Isle of Dogs / BrewDog Beer Tasting Party

Friday, April 6 - Tasting starts 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. / Screenings 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm

For the opening of Wes Anderson's highly anticipated stop-motion film ISLE OF DOGS the Drexel has partnered with BrewDog USA to bring you another Wes Anderson party!

Friday, April 6th, BrewDog will be in our lobby for beer samplings benefiting RESCUEDohio, 6 - 9:30 pm, plus you'll have a chance to win a brewery tour and other fun giveaways. A food truck will be parked out front. We'll have a BrewDog tap takeover all weekend long!

Tickets for April 6th event are regular film admission:
7 pm tickets
9:30 pm tickets

More info on Facebook here.

The film begins its run at the Drexel on April 5th. Showtimes & tickets for all shows Apr. 5-12 here

Spirited Away - Drexel Family Screening

Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m.

The historic Drexel Theatre features a family film on the second Saturday of each month. April's edition is the classic anime film SPIRITED AWAY.

Tickets: 12 & under $1; adults $3
Get tickets here.

In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

The next family screening will be CHARLOTTE'S WEB on May 12.

presented by Cub Scout Pack 166

Saturday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Cub Scout Pack 166 presents Goosebumps as a fundraiser benefitting ScoutReach and Pack 166. Tickets are $8, which includes a small soft drink and small popcorn.

Buy your tickets now by clicking HERE

Food for Change
Presented by Simply Living

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Food for Change looks at the current resurgence of food cooperatives in America and their unique historic place in the economic and political landscape. Born in the heartland, cooperatives are seen as the middle path between Wall Street and Socialism. The film examines the important historical role played by food co-ops in lifting America out of the Great Depression through their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems, build food security, and strengthen local economies.

Presented by Simply Living. $5 Donation requested on Eventbrite or you may donate at the Drexel. Get more info HERE.

POLAR EXPRESS - Drexel Holiday Film Series

December 7-10

All Aboard! The 2017 Drexel Holiday Film Series kicks off with THE POLAR EXPRESS!

We'll screen THE POLAR EXPRESS (G) three times:
Thur, Dec.7 @ 6:00 pm - SOLD OUT!
Sat, Dec. 9 @ 10:00 am - SOLD OUT!
Sun, Dec. 10 @ 2:00 pm SOLD OUT!

On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus' home.

Drexel Family Admission: $2 for kids (2-12) • $3 for adults • Under 2 and Drexel Members FREE

I Can I Will I Did - Q&A with writer/director Nadine Truong and featured actor Mike Faist following film

Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
$10 Admission

Depressed foster youth Ben is bullied and as a result gets into a car accident. His recovery process is slow, until he meets Adrienne, a wheelchair bound fellow patient at the hospital who breathes hope into his life and introduces to him her grandfather, Taekwondo Master Kang. Starring Gahanna native and Tony nominee (Dear Evan Hansen) Mike Faist!

After the film, stay for a Q&A with writer/director Nadine Truong and feature actor Mike Faist.

Starring: Mike Faist, Ik Jo Kang, Ellie Lee
Written and directed by: Nadine Truong

Visit the film's Facebook page HERE. Purchase tickets HERE.

Columbus Jewish Film Festival
Returns to the Drexel

Tuesday, November 7 and
Sunday, November 12

The Columbus Jewish Film Festival will show four films at the Drexel:

Tuesday, November 7

7:00 p.m. - 1945 (2017)

12 August 1945, 11 AM. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. Within a few hours, everything changes.

Sunday, November 12

1:00 p.m. - Forever Pure (2016)

One season and one football team in crisis, as power, money and politics fuel a club spiralling out of control. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

3:30 p.m. - The Bloom of Yesterday (2016)

A very romantic comedy on the edge of the abyss: in the middle of the deepest life crisis, the Holocaust researcher Toto is assigned an assistant for the congress preparation - Zazie, of Jewish origin and with pronounced Teuto-phobia.

6:00 p.m. - Bang! The Bert Berns Story (2016)

Music meets the Mob in this biography of '60s hitmaker and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bert Berns. Preceded by the short film, The Chop.

See the complete Columbus Jewish Film Festival slate and get ticket information at the CJFF web page.

Watch Ohio State vs. USC at the
Cotton Bowl on the Big Screen FREE!

Friday, December 29 at 8:30 p.m.

Watch the Buckeyes take on the USC Trojans this Friday at 8:30pm in the 82nd Annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl. We'll have all of the action live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Bring friends and family and enjoy the game with fellow fans. Treat yourself to concession specials throughout the game. Admission is FREE!

New Year's Eve Celebration: Ocean's Eleven

Sunday, December 31 at 9:40 p.m.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Drexel! See the heist film Ocean's Eleven (2001) at 9:40 p.m. The film will end just before midnight after featuring its intricate plot twists. Then, we'll break out the champagne, as we watch the ball drop in Times Square, so that you can toast the beginning of 2018! We'll have hors d'oeuvres for all of our guests, along with prizes for lucky winners. Everything is included with a ticket purchase.

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Andy Garcia
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Admission is $15 per person, $20 per couple. Purchase tickets HERE.

Magician Nate Staniforth's
Search for Wonder

Wednesday, February 21 - 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy an intimate evening of wonder and astonishment with magician and author Nate Staniforth at the Drexel, presented by the Theatre's community partner Gramercy Books. Called the “Bob Dylan of magic,” Staniforth will share his earnest and heartfelt memoir, Here is Real Magic: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World (2018, Bloomsbury) about rediscovering the importance of wonder in everyday life.

Tickets are $10 and can only be obtained at Gramercy Books, 2424 E. Main Street, and can be applied toward the purchase of Staniforth’s book.

Get more details at Gramercy Books' WEBSITE.

with David Z Price

Thursday, February 22 - 7:00 p.m.

Prepare yourself for the funniest show you've never seen! Bexley's own David Z Price brings his unique talk show to the Drexel for the very first time. A veteran of the New York City comedy scene, Dave is back in his hometown to help raise money for an important community project.

There will be a live auction at the show with fantastic items up for bid, including tickets to The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live in New York City! Food trucks - Pitabilities and Mikey's Late Night Slice - will be setting up under the Drexel marquee.

Tickets are now SOLD OUT for this show.

Ohio 24-Hour Science Fiction Marathon

March 10 and 11 from 12 Noon to 12 Noon

Blast off into the future, the past, and all points in-between with SF35: The 35th Annual Ohio 24-Hour Science Fiction Marathon (March 10-11)! Join us for an epic cinematic Time Travel odyssey, as we break through the space-time barrier with the classic THE TIME MACHINE (1960), BACK TO THE FUTURE, Terry Gilliam's 12 MONKEYS, BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, and much, much more! Check out all the latest film and ticket info at!

Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, and are on sale at the Drexel Theatre box office, Laughing Ogre Comics (4258 N. High St.), and at

Breathe Free - Encore Presentation

Thursday, August 31 at 8:30 p.m.

As the number of displaced people in the world exceeds 60 million, The Columbus Crossing Borders film, Breathe Free, allows an intimate look into the arduous journeys of those who have fled war, terror and persecution. Meet the artists who teach us empathy. Meet the support workers who teach us compassion. Meet the refugees.

Visit the Columbus Crossing Borders Project website:

Donate $5 and reserve your seat HERE.

American Mayor

Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Come preview Overbites Pictures' hit documentary American Mayor at the Drexel Theatre before it's rereleased by Amazon Video on September 19!

Directed by Bexley native Travis Irvine, American Mayor focuses on the iconic 2007 Bexley mayor's race and how a 24-year old filmmaker/comedian had to run against seven other people to stand up for his neighbors. Knowing nothing about running for mayor, he documented the 130-day campaign and showed how one person can make a difference in the local political process.

The documentary made the festival rounds in 2010, screening at the Festival de Cannes' Short Film Corner, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest and others. The screening will be followed by a brief panel moderated by The Confluence Cast's Tim Fulton and featuring Irvine, current Bexley mayor Ben Kessler, Bexley City Councilman Richard Sharp, and the Green Party's Dr. Bob Fitrakis.

The screening begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5,

LOL Bexley - Stand Up Comedy at the Drexel!

Thursday, October 5 at 10:00 p.m.

Join us for a night of fun in Bexley Thursday, October 5th beginning at 10:00 p.m. Hosted by Columbus's own Sarah J. Storer, Chief Fun Officer of Hashtag Comedy, the show will feature three comics in our historic theater.

Christine Harvoth is a comedian and storyteller. She hosts the "Babes to Know" podcast and has made the Columbus area laugh for years.

Jason Banks has shared his unique and refreshing style of comedy across the country, including the Laugh Factory and Comedy Store in Hollywood. He recently recorded his first national TV appearance, which will air this fall on Tru TV. Winner of the funniest person in Columbus contest in 2013.

Mark Gregory comes to us from Dayton. The nephew of comedic legend Dick Gregory, Mark has carved out his own path, appearing on Aspire TV's "We Got Next", Fox TV's "One Mic Stand", and TBS's "Just for Laughs". He recently traveled the country, hosting the "Rebirth of Comedy" tour, featuring Akintunde and David Mann aka Mr. Brown.

Tickets are $12. They are available at the Drexel Theatre and online HERE.

ICYMI Film Series
Keep Quiet (NR)

Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. - $5 Admission

Our new ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Film Series will highlight those films that didn't get a run in Central Ohio or left before they gained traction with audiences. Admission is just $5. Drexel Members get free popcorn!

Our first offering is the documentary Keep Quiet. It's the story of an anti-Semitic far-right politician's astonishing transformation after finding out he is Jewish. From filmmakers Joseph Martin and Sam Blair, the doc is rated 100% on by both critics and audiences.

"This expertly made, highly dramatic film achieves must-see status for the inevitable light it sheds on the persistence of toxic racial hatreds not just in Hungary but worldwide." Godfrey Cheshire, Read the FULL REVIEW.

This screening is presented by the Drexel Theatre and the Columbus Jewish Film Festival. Buy tickets HERE.

2017 Drexel Gala

Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Get your tickets now!

2017 Drexel Gala

Location: The Lincoln Theatre & Ballroom
769 E. Long Street
Columbus, OH 43203
Business Attire; Complimentary Valet Parking

Purchase tickets for the 2017 Drexel Gala Honoring Richard Stoff HERE.

A League of Their Own
Presented by the Bexley Women's Club

Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m.

The Bexley Women's Club will host a 25th anniversary screening of A League of Their Own on Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with Joe Santry, Columbus Clippers Historian; Linda Schetina Logan, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission; and Akisa Fukuzawa, BWC board member and amateur baseball player. The panel will be moderated by Drexel Director Kevin Rouch.

Get more info at the Bexley Women's Club WEBSITE. Tickets for Club members are $10 each, for the public are $12 each. Purchase HERE.

In Defense of Food
Presented by Simply Living

Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.

In Defense of Food tackles a question more and more people around the world have been asking: What should I eat to be healthy? Based on award-winning journalist Michael Pollan's best-selling book, the program explores how the modern diet has been making us sick and what we can do to change it.

Presented by Simply Living. $5 Donation requested on Eventbrite or you may donate at the Drexel. Get more info HERE.

Beauty Bites Beast
Presented by IMPACT Safety

Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.

IMPACT Safety has been been teaching empowered self-defense to women, girls, children with disabilities, organizations, schools, and companies in the Columbus, Ohio area for the past 25 years. On October 26 at 7:00 p.m., it will screen the film Beauty Bites Beast, a powerful documentary about the importance of women's self-defense.

Ellen Snortland, the film's writer and director, will be in attendance and will take part in a Q&A following the screening. Ms. Snortland also wrote the book on which the documentary is based.

Purchase tickets HERE.

All the President's Men

Saturday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m.

The Drexel presents a special screening of All the President's Men on Saturday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m. Winner of four Academy Awards, it's the story of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Tickets for this timely film are only $5. Get your $5 ticket here. Stay and see the newly-released Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House at 7:45 p.m. for only $5 additionally. A Watergate double feature!

Watch Ohio State Football at Michigan
on the Big Screen FREE!

Saturday, November 25 at Noon

Join us at the Drexel for the OSU at Michigan game on the big screen this Saturday at noon!

Bring friends and family and enjoy the game with fellow fans. Admission is FREE and there will be concession specials. Our concessions include beer, wine, soda, pizza, hot dogs, nachos, candy, and the best popcorn in Columbus (in our humble opinion).

No house or apartment to clean or food to prepare. Enjoy all of the action in a great atmosphere!


The Big Lebowski:
The Big Brew and View Festival

Wednesday, May 17 - 8:00 p.m.

The Drexel is partnering with Elevator Brewing to celebrate Columbus Craft Beer Week with a screening of the iconic film, The Big Lebowski. Prior to the film, beginning at 7:00 p.m., Bullseye Media LLC will premiere an episode of their new documentary series, The Beer Fix. Elevator Brewing will take over our taps for the evening and there will be a food truck under our marquee.

Admission to the entire event is just $5 per ticket.

Pilot Error with Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 21 - 6:00 p.m.

Pilot Error, the up-to-the-minute feature film, inspired by the true story of a French airline missing in the Atlantic, plays Tuesday March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Drexel Theater. This special event features a discussion led by two prominent aviation safety experts, OSU Integrated Systems Engineering Professor Dr. David Woods and Shawn Pruchnicki of the OSU Center for Aviation Studies.

The film, hailed as a “first class ticket” by the Milwaukee Journal, is based on an event similar to the disappearance of Air France 447 for 22 months. It explores many of the questions being asked following the similar loss of another jet, Malaysia Air 370 in March 2014.

See the trailer HERE.

Regular admission prices. Purchase tickets HERE.

Columbus International Film + Video Festival

April 20-23

The Columbus International Film and Video Festival returns to the Drexel in April with a great lineup.

Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
PUSHING DEAD sponsored by LGBTFest (NR)
When a struggling writer, HIV-positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of universal care, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy or come up with $3,000 a month to buy meds on his own?

Saturday, April 22 at 12:45 p.m.
THE JJ PROJECT (with the short film STILL SOPHIE) (NR)
Born with brittle bone disease, surviving the early days of his life, and overcoming the realities of foster care, 11-year-old JJ House united a community while reaching his dream to direct a musical. With support of MTVarts, a community theater production company, JJ assembles a production crew and cast while inspiring the world around him.

Saturday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Shorts Block: Ohio Shorts

Saturday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m.
A dreamer from rural Ohio with an obsession with “Stradivari” and all things violin, through the magic of social media, convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world.

Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 p.m.
After Jordan Sterling, a disenchanted New York writer, receives an unexpected phone call from his old college girlfriend, he embarks on a comically ill-fated odyssey from New York to Ohio, longing to reunite with her at their 20th class reunion. Unfortunately he misses his plane at Newark airport and plunges into a harrowing hitchhiking journey.

Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m.
NANA sponsored by the Columbus Jewish Film Festival (NR)
The filmmaker retraces her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story, and investigates how her lifelong fight against intolerance can continue in the 21st century.

For more info and to buy tickets, visit the CIF+VF WEBSITE.

I Am Evidence

Thursday, June 29 - 7:00 p.m.

I Am Evidence, a feature length documentary produced by Mariska Hargitay and HBO, will be premiering on HBO in early 2018. It is about the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the United States. Through a character-driven narrative, the film brings much needed attention to the disturbing pattern of how the criminal justice system has historically treated sexual assault survivors.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with a group of experts, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter who sparked the investigation. A representative of the Joyful Heart Foundation will moderate the discussion.

Donations: $10 per person and $5 per student with ID. Click HERE to reserve your seat. All donations will benefit victim service agencies in Central Ohio.

Presented by Drexel Theatre in partnership with Joyful Heart Foundation, National Council of Jewish Women, Columbus section Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio, and YWCA Columbus.

Columbus Black International Film Festival

Saturday, August 5

The Columbus Black International Film Festival debuts at the Drexel on August 5 with a great lineup.

Saturday, August 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Music Films (NR)
- Show Off - Inspired by Grindhouse horror movies with a twist of The Purge. The story takes place in a warehouse on the East side of Columbus, Ohio, where four people find themselves kidnapped and trapped by people who consider them nothing more than game. Directed by Mario Hensley.
- Dance With Your Heart - Jennyselt is a dancer of Afro Cuban Folklore, with great prestige within Cuba and internationally and currently dances with the group Yoruba Andabo. She seeks her successor to keep the legacy of Afro-Cuban culture, dance and religion alive. Directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.
- Making Skybreak - Making SkyBreak is a behind the scenes look at the creation of Zo!'s latest soul album. We not only travel the country talking to the artists behind the music, but we delve deep into the beginnings of Zo!'s music career. Directed by Donnie Seals Jr.

Saturday, August 5 at 4:00 p.m.
parTy boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles (NR)
Feature Presentation - Ohio Premiere!
A new documentary from filmmaker Michael Rice that takes a provocative look inside the African American and Latino LGBT communities that are being ravaged by crystal meth addiction. Directed by Michael Rice.
Panel discussion following the film: "Why the Black Film Representation is the Fabric of America".

Saturday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Homegrown Shorts (NR)
- Chain Heavy - BLACK LIVES MATTER. Part one of three of a series of films based on the abstracted retelling of stories of people from Cleveland, Ohio. Directed by Cameron Granger.
- Stolen Dreams - A star high school basketball player who was raised in a single parent household. On the verge of going away to college, he reconnects with his estranged older brother who gets him caught up in a situation that changed his life forever. Directed by Al Battle.
- Pseudo - A short film that contrasts the parallel experiences and outcomes of two unrelated chance encounters for two male teenagers. Directed by Julien Turner and Justen Turner.
- Mission - A newly arrived extraterrestrial is saved from loneliness when he encounters another one of his species on Earth. He soon discovers they are more connected than he thought. Directed by Celia C. Peters.
- Abolitionist - The past confronts the now through a moving narrative of the words of Harriet Tubman that confronts and inspires a continued legacy. Directed by Aaron Hollingsworth and Al Battle.

For more info and to buy tickets, visit the CBIFF WEBSITE.

A Dusk to Dawn Explosion of Slasheriffic Terror!

Saturday, August 19 beginning at 10:00 p.m.

A gaggle of nubile, screaming teens! A deranged, bloodthirsty Santa Claus! The ultimate cinematic boogeyman! Yes, they’ll all be there at 10pm, Saturday August 19th at the Drexel for SLASH-O-RAMA, a shock-drenched all-‘80s, all-slasher, all-nighter! In honor of one of the most memorable decades of horror, we’ve re-christened our annual SHOCK-O-RAMA Horror Marathon kickoff event and filled it with enough knife-wielding homicidal maniacs to keep you nightmare juices flowing long after the final reel!

This all-night excursion into day-glo terror includes:
-Wes Craven’s iconic classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST., the birthplace of the legendary man of your worst dreams, Freddy Krueger!
-The most notorious slasher film of the era, the ultra-sleazy killer Santa epic SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (in glorious 35mm!)
-Scream Queen Brinke Stevens in Amy Holden Jones’s feminist slasher send-up SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE!
-The pre-eminent backward-masking, Satanic panic slasher classic TRICK OR TREAT (in glorious 35mm!)
-The gore-soaked Canadian revenge opus MY BLOODY VALENTINE

-The EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT of the film lineup for this fall’s 9th Annual SHOCK AROUND THE CLOCK 24-Hour Horror Marathon (October 14-15)!
-A mammoth History of ‘80s Horror 35mm trailer show throughout the evening!
-Win prizes and glory in our ‘80s Horror Costume Contest!
-Two free Drexel tickets and two free popcorn coupons to all who survive the entire night!

Tickets for this unholy undertaking are $20, and can be purchased at Laughing Ogre Comics (4258 N. High St.), the Drexel, or via PayPal at It’s a mid-summer horror extravaganza like no other!

3089 Miles Across America
Coming to the Drexel

Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.

3089 MILES ACROSS AMERICA is the story of the 2016 Race Across America (RAAM). The Race Across America is widely recognized as the toughest race in the world. RAAM is a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast bicycle race that starts in Oceanside, California and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. RAAM has become an iconic American event. First run in 1982, the race has continued uninterrupted. The 2016 race was its 35th year, making it one of the longest running events in cycling sport. Racers and crew come from around the world to compete.

Get your tickets HERE

Thanks for Giving Gala 2016

Monday, November 14
6:00pm - 9:30pm

Drexel Theatre Thanks for Giving Gala
Honoring Don Casto with the Drexel Hero Award
Monday, November 14, 2016
6:00 p.m. in the Drexel Theatre for Champagne Toast & Program
(2254 E. Main St.)
7:00 p.m. at Table by Market District for Festive Food & Drink
(2250 E. Main St.)
Complimentary Valet Parking & Business Attire
Buy your tickets now by clicking here

Gala Co-Chairs: Judy Fisher & Kelly Casto
Board Chairman: Richard Stoff

Presenting Sponsor: Table by Market District

Masterpiece Sponsors:
Evan & Erica Fisher and Family
Schottenstein Stores Corp./Value City Furniture

Classic Sponsors:
Jill Jeffrey Kingsley
Miriam & Bernard Yenkin

Associate Sponsors:
Bexley Chamber of Commerce
Capital University
Gay Street Realty
Matrix Psychological Services/Visualopathy

Honorary Committee:
The Crane Family
The Jeffrey Family
The Lazarus Family
Jane & Stan Ackley
Lauren Bonfield & Steven Keyes
Barbara & David Brandt
Susan & Jim Budros
Don & Ann Casto
Marjie & Jeff Coopersmith
Beth Crane & Richard McKee
David Crane & Elizabeth Dang
Mike & Paige Crane
Vivian Witkind Davis & Jack Davis
Judy Fisher
June & Jerry Frankel
Joyce & Russ Gertmenian
Gary Giller
DeeDee & Herb Glimcher
Babette T. Gorman & Jack Buckingham
Alisa & Artie Isaac
Nancy Jeffrey
Linda & Frank Kass
Lucinda Kirk
Mary Lazarus
Trip & Lexie Lazarus
Irene Levine
Bobbi & Rob Lucas
Thomas Mack & Marikate Leavens
David & Mo Meuse
Bonnie & David Milenthal
Carol & Alan Radnor
Bill & Sheila Riat
Don & Teckie Shackelford
Jay & Jeanie Schottenstein
Richard & Carol Zelizer Stoff
Sheila & Martin Torch
Donna & Rodney Wasserstrom

New Year's Eve Celebration: The Poseidon Adventure

Saturday, December 31 at 9:45 p.m.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Drexel! See the classic film The Poseidon Adventure at 9:45 p.m. The film will end just before midnight after featuring its "upside down" New Year's Eve party. Then, we'll break out the champagne, as we watch the ball drop in Times Square, so that you can toast the beginning of 2017! We'll have hors d'oeuvres for all of our guests, along with prizes for lucky winners. Everything is included with a ticket purchase.

Admission is $15 per person, $20 per couple. Buy tickets HERE.


Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 p.m.

Join us in kicking off our celebration of the 30TH ANNIVERSARY of the OHIO 24-HOUR SCIENCE FICTION MARATHON with an all-out cinematic cyborg battle to the death! Thrill to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in James Cameron's ground-breaking Sci-Fi classic THE TERMINATOR! Gaze in stunned awe at the unbelievably over-the-top Indonesian rip-off LADY TERMINATOR, in GLORIOUS 35MM! PLUS a galaxy of vintage 35mm trailers and shorts!

AND the Official Announcement of the film lineup for the upcoming 30TH ANNIVERSARY OHIO 24-HOUR SCIENCE FICTION MARATHON (March 18-19)!

Tickets are just $10. Buy them HERE!

Ohio Premiere of Rina Goldberg's

Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 pm


Presented by Abbott Nutrition

Hollywood comes to Columbus, Ohio! Come walk the Red Carpet and be part of an inspirational event. After being shown globally with 40 screenings and 10 awards, Make A Film Foundation/Rina Goldberg's Film "The Magic Bracelet" is making its Ohio Premiere! The Behind the Scenes documentary "Love Life, Dream Big, Be Positive" will also be screened directly preceding the film. Producer Tamika Lamison will be a guest in a Q&A following the screening.

The Magic Bracelet fulfills the final wish of Rina Goldberg who passed away from Mitochondrial Disease after her 15th birthday. Rina’s parents, Stacy and Ari Goldberg are Bexley residents. Some of her final words to her Mom were: "Promise to take care of my film."

All proceeds benefiting: Mitoaction, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and Make A Film Foundation.

Sponsored by: Abbott Nutrition, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Plaza Properties and The Ruben Family, ThriveRx, The Pilates Studio, Bexley Yoga, Bexley Bed & Breakfast, Congregation Agudas Achim.

Honorary co-chairs: Bernard and Miriam Yenkin.

THE MAGIC BRACELET mysteriously links best friends Angela, Ashley, and a cheese-obsessed dog. When Ashley inherits a totem bracelet from a friend who died of Mitochondrial Disease, the same illness she herself battles, it leads the girls on a mystical journey of discovery in which a new level of friendship, family, and healing is revealed. This project was created by Make A Film Foundation to fulfill the wish of 15-year-old Rina Goldberg whose final words to her mom before she died of Mitochondrial Disease were: "Promise to take care of my film."

Starring: Bailee Madison, Hailee Steinfeld, J.K. Simmons, Jackson Rathbone, James Van Der Beek, Kaitlin Doubleday, Scarlett Estevez.
Original story written by Rina Goldberg and adapted by Diablo Cody.
Visit the film's website here. Watch the trailer here.

Tickets are $10 and are available online here.

Learn more on the Facebook event page here.

This event is in cooperation with the Drexel Theatre and CAPA.

Historic Drexel Theatre to Reveal $2.5 Million Facelift from Final Phase of Renovation

Theatre will reopen to the public on Friday, July 15

Proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Drexel Theatre, Columbus’ 1930s Art Deco cinema, has completed its $2.5 million final phase of renovation and will reopen to the public on Friday, July 15. This phase of the renovation, helmed by M+A Architects and Elford Construction, was originally slated to include the marquee, entrance, and lobby only, but after successful fundraising efforts by Friends of the Drexel, the project was expanded to include full renovation of the Drexel’s three theatres as well.

With the conclusion of this final phase, a $2.5 million total renovation of the Drexel Theatre is now complete. Begun in 2012, prior phases included the construction of new men’s and women’s restrooms, replacement of the barrel roof over the three theatres, replacement of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units, conversion of all three theatres to state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and installation of a high-tech, closed captioning system for hearing-impaired patrons.

“When Friends of the Drexel acquired the theatre five years ago, and hired CAPA to run it, we said our work wouldn’t be done until we turned it around financially and restored this cultural jewel to its Art Deco splendor,” stated Richard Stoff, Chairman of the Friends of the Drexel Board. “We have now realized our vision with gifts from the Lazarus, Crane, and Jeffrey families, as well as hundreds of other citizens and businesses, and generous support from the Bexley Community Foundation, Franklin County, City of Bexley, and the State of Ohio. In the end, however, this project would have never happened without the leadership of Bill Conner and his extraordinary team at CAPA.”

As such, the Drexel’s three screens have been named in honor of individuals and families that helped make the renovation possible. The largest theatre (capacity: 250) is now The Bob Lazarus Theatre and is flanked by The Crane Family Theatre (capacity: 90), and The Jeffrey Family Theatre (capacity: 70).

Work completed in the final phase of renovation:

Marquee/Outdoor Work
Thanks to a grant from the Bexley Community Foundation, the Drexel’s iconic marquee has been restored to its original Art Deco design. All the marquee’s neon tubing has been replaced, and the old ceiling beneath the marquee has been removed and its original ceiling restored. In keeping with tradition, the marquee still uses the same manual lettering to advertise upcoming films and events, but new lighting was added beneath the marquee, and colored lights were reinstalled behind the glass block.

New entry doors have been installed with new hardware in the Art Deco style, the original stainless steel ceiling has been restored, and the exterior of the building has been painted.

In 2012, Friends of the Drexel replaced the barrel roof above the three theatres. In this phase of renovation, the roof over the lobby portion of the building was also replaced.

The walls and ceiling have been repaired and repainted, and the original terrazzo flooring have been restored.

Main Lobby
New carpeting, new lighting, and a new, full-service concessions counter, all in the Art Deco design, have been installed. The dropped ceiling has been removed to restore the area to its original height, and the plaster crown molding has been repaired. All lobby signage is now digital including the concessions menu, movie listings, and upcoming films/events.

All three theaters have received new flooring, wall coverings, and seating with cup holders and retractable arms.

The walls of the largest theatre have been repaired, painted, and new fabric acoustical panels have been installed. It has also been equipped with special staging, lighting, and sound for community events.

New Concessions
Now better equipped to serve patrons, the Drexel is expanding its concession offerings. Patrons can now purchase draft beer (including local craft beer selections), gourmet caramel popcorn, pizza, pretzels, and hot dogs. There is also a wider assortment of candy including some retro selections.

Drexel Membership
The Drexel Theatre offers a membership program at a variety of levels for individuals, households, students, and seniors. Participation in the program provides discounts off general admission and concessions while helping protect and preserve this historic landmark. Memberships start at $40 and can be purchased at the Drexel or online at


About the Drexel Theatre
For generations, the Drexel Theatre has been central Ohio's first source for independent film and the best of Hollywood and international cinema, striving to specialize in simply the best films from around the world.

About Friends of the Drexel, Inc.
Established in late 2009 by a group of committed community leaders and arts patrons, Friends of the Drexel, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to a more creative and prosperous future for the Drexel Theatre. Its mission is to secure and sustain the future of the historic Drexel Theatre as a distinctive cultural asset to Bexley and the greater Columbus community. It envisions the Drexel as a sustainable provider of unique arts content as well as a vibrant community meeting place that preserves the charm and eclectic, neighborhood film-going experience in a warm and inviting, yet technologically-advanced, facility.

Contact: Rolanda Copley
(614) 719-6624
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Anomalisa Q&A with Mark Sullivan & Stewart McKissick

Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 pm

OSCAR NOMINEE for BEST ANIMATED FILM--ANOMALISA opens at the Drexel Theatre, Jan. 22.

Following the 7:00 pm screening of ANOMALISA on Thursday, Jan. 28, the Drexel will host a Q&A exploring the world of stop-motion animation.

MARK SULLIVAN has worked in film visual effects for over thirty years, primarily as a matte painting artist, and occasionally as a stop motion animator on particular projects. His film credits include projects as diverse as “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”; “The Hudsucker Proxy”; “Robocop 2”’ and “Apocalypto”. He still makes short stop motion films, a hobby since eighth grade.

STEWART MCKISSICK has been a freelance illustrator for 35 years, working primarily in a cartoon-based style influenced by historical animation, of which he is an avid collector and sometimes scholar.

Normal ticket prices apply. There is no additional cost for this event. $5 student tickets (with ID). GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

INSPIRED TO RIDE Columbus Premiere

Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 pm

The Drexel Theatre presents the Columbus premiere of Inspired to Ride on Tuesday, February 2, at 7:30 pm. Inspired to Ride, the latest cycling film from the makers of Ride the Divide, follows a handful of cyclists from around the world as they race unsupported in the inaugural year of The Trans Am Bike Race. It's the antithesis to events like Tour de France and Race Across America. There are no teams, no support vehicles, no special jerseys and not a dime in prize money.

Tickets are $12 in advance online here and $15 at the door the day of the show. The event is sponsored by Yay Bikes! For more information, visit

Documentary Screening: THE TRUE COST + Q&A

Thursday, February 18 at 6 pm

The Drexel invites you to a special public screening of the documentary THE TRUE COST on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 pm, hosted by Upper Arlington High School student Charlie Mitchell for his Capstone Project.

A Q&A will follow the screening with guests:
Margie Hegg | Lane Bryant Associate VP of Product Development
Kelli Martin | Anti.Label & Former Project Runway contestant
Christina McKenna | Thread Brand Manager

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Watch the trailer here.

Join our Facebook event here.

Get your tickets here. Tickets: $10. Food by Cameron Mitchell Catering is included with your ticket.

33rd Annual Ohio 24-Hour Science Fiction Marathon

March 5 and 6 from 12 noon to 12 noon

An Epic, Cinematic Fantastic Voyage!
Noon, Saturday March 5th until Noon, Sunday March 6th
at the Drexel Theater (2254 E. Main Street, Columbus, Ohio)

Blast off into the future (and the past!) with SF33: The 33rd Annual Ohio 24-Hour Science Fiction Marathon! It's a wild ride through all the corners of the cinematic universe, from the reaches of outer space to your back yard! We've assembled a superb slate of cinematic delights to stimulate your senses, including:

-The MIDWEST PREMIERE of Jesse O'Brien's ARROWHEAD, the acclaimed Aussie sci-fi thriller that's been described as "an interstellar Jekyll and Hyde".

-The MIDWEST PREMIERE of Ben Wheatley's gonzo adaptation of cult author J.G. Ballard's HIGH-RISE! With Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, and Elisabeth Moss!

-A NEW DCP screening of George Miller's classic symphony of car crash chaos MAD MAX!

-And Miller's critically acclaimed follow-up, the hyper-kinetic MAD MAX: FURY ROAD! With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and more practical automotive insanity than you shake a rusty carburetor at!

-A tribute to the late David Bowie with a NEW DCP RESTORATION of Nicolas Roeg's cult classic THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH!

-A NEW DCP of Sean Connery in John Boorman's existentially lunatic utopian takedown, the truly singular ZARDOZ!

-A RARE 35MM SCREENING of John Carpenter's STARMAN! With Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen!

-The NEW 4K RESTORATION of Richard Fleischer's FANTASTIC VOYAGE! With Donald Pleasance and Raquel Welch at the height of her va-va-voom '60s glory!

-A RARE 35MM SCREENING of the 1968 ultimate kaiju smackdown epic DESTROY ALL MONSTERS!

-In what should be an ideal Marathon crowd experience, a screening of the Turkish film industry's definitive Lucas-ian rip-off TURKISH STAR WARS!

-A late night screening of the much-requested (at least in certain circles) FRIDAY THE 13th in space romp JASON X!

-Mike Olenick's sci-fi tinged Wet Darlings music video "Beautiful Things"!
-The 33rd Annual Costume Contest, with $100 FIRST PRIZE (and the coveted BIG CHECK!)
-Galaxies of 35mm Trailers and Shorts!
-The coveted Certificate of Marathoid Behavior to all who survive!
-Surprises! Hilarity! Caffeine-induced dementia!
-And much, much more!

Drexel Theatre Box Office - 2254 E. Main St., Bexley - (cash or charge). Call (614) 231-1050. ($1.50 per ticket service fee will be added for charge by phone)
Laughing Ogre Comics - 4258 N. High St., Columbus (cash only).
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Advance Admission - $40
At the Door - $45

The Main Event Presents: Home Alone

Saturday, December 5 at 10 am

Bexley's Main Event presents a special 25th Anniversary screening of the John Hughes classic Home Alone. An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Admission is FREE
Tickets are only available on the morning of the show!

Columbus Latino Film Fest

Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25

The Drexel is pleased to present the first Columbus Latino Film Fest on Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25.

Oct 24:
10 am - Family film* SPARE PARTS

followed by Panel Discussion: "Transnational Mexican Cinema"
guests: Dr. Frederick Aldama (The Ohio State University), Dr. Mauricio Espinoza Quesada (The Ohio State University, Wooster), Mónica García Blizzard (PhD candidate, The Ohio State University)

Midnight - Cult film EL MARIACHI

Oct 25:
1 pm - MACHUCA - 35mm screening!
followed by Panel Discussion: "Dictatorship and Precarity in Contemporary Latin American Cinema"
guests: Dr. Ana Del Sarto (The Ohio State University), Dr. Guisela LaTorre (The Ohio State University), Dr. Abril Trigo (The Ohio State University)

4 pm - EL BAÑO DEL PAPA - 35mm screening!

Purchase individual tickets at the box office or on the Now Playing page (select each film you wish to attend).
$7 for adults; $3 for students; $5 for Drexel Members
*Family film admission:
FREE for 2 & under; $3 for kids; $5 for adults; with $10 maximum per family; Drexel Members FREE

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He Named Me Malala Q&A

Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Following the 7:30 p.m. screening of HE NAMED ME MALALA on Wednesday, October 28, the Drexel will host a Q&A with Dr. Alam Payind.

Dr. Payind is the Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the Ohio State University. Born and raised in Afghanistan, and previously a holder of government and academic positions in Kabul, he speaks Pashto, Dari and Urdu with native fluency. He continues to conduct field work, provide consultations on a regular basis in Afghanistan and has visited the country 13 times since September 11th, 2001. He travels extensively within the Afghan borders, and during recent trips he has been witness to the Taliban's resurgence in Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, and other provinces of Afghanistan.

See Dr. Payind's complete biography on the Ohio State University WEBSITE

#TBT Throwback Thursday: BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984)

Thursday, October 1 @ 7:00 pm

Starting in October, the Drexel will be hosting #TBT Throwback Thursdays, as part of Bexley's Main Event "Off-Season" film series. Screenings will be on a Thursday each month at 7 pm.

What's that wisecracking young black guy (Eddie Murphy) in that beat-up Chevy Nova doing in lily-white Beverly Hills? He's Axel Foley, a Detroit detective who's been sent on involuntary vacation because he refuses to drop his intention of avenging his friend's murder. Warned by Beverly Hills police chief Ronny Cox to stay out of trouble, Foley nonetheless dogs the trail of above-the-law Steven Berkoff, the British crime czar who was responsible for the murder of Foley's friend. With the help of sympathetic local cops Judge Reinhold and John Ashton and lady friend Lisa Eilbacher, Foley attempts to corner Berkoff in his mansion, which leads to a wild slapsticky shootout.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton
Directed by: Martin Brest

Tickets: $7; $5 Students, Seniors, Drexel Members

Root 23 Tasting @ Happy Hour Thursday

Thursday, Oct. 1 / 6-8 pm

During our Oct. 1st Happy Hour we have a special treat for you! The creative women of ROOT 23, Barb Stauffer and Leah Monaghan, will be in the Drexel lobby for a complimentary tasting of their all-natural handcrafted simple syrups. The Drexel "Pop-Up Bar" will also feature specialty cocktails using ROOT 23 syrups that night and you their syrups will be available for purchase. They make wonderful and unique gifts!

As the name indicates, simple syrups are just that – simple. ROOT 23 takes this concept a step further to infuse the syrups with all-natural herbs and fruits to provide a subtle sweetness to liven up any drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) or to add as a satisfying complement to desserts, such as ice cream. ROOT 23’s hand-crafted products feature creative and inventive flavors using the freshest, highest-quality ingredients sourced locally and organically, when possible. Starting June 1, 2015, ROOT 23 began offering four flavor combinations for sale, including: Cucumber Habanero, Vanilla Ginger, Grapefruit Basil and Sea Salt Caramel. The products are currently sold in 375 mL bottles at various local stores including Celebrate Local at Easton, Weiland’s Market, in Columbus, The Hills Market, in Worthington, Huffman’s Market in Upper Arlington, Barrel and Bottle in the North Market, Chateau Wine and Spirits on Polaris Parkway, and Arena Wine & Spirits in the Arena District.

“We recognize that Columbus is known for its eclectic and unique food offerings,” said Leah Monaghan, co-founder of ROOT 23. “Our simple syrups blend the perfect combination of simplistic, luscious and fresh flavors to give consumers the high-end taste they come to expect within the comfort of their own homes.”

Second Saturday Family Films: RIO (2011)

Saturday, October 10 @ 10:00 am

Starting in October, the Drexel will be hosting Second Saturday Family Films. Screenings will be at 10:00 am each second Saturday of the month.

October's film is the animated smash hit Rio. When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

This film will have Drexel Family Film Admission:
FREE 2 & under
$3 Kids
$5 Adults
FREE Drexel Members
$10 maximum per family

Watch Ohio State Football at Virginia Tech on the BIG Screen for FREE!

Monday, Sept. 7 at 8 pm

Join us at the Drexel for The Ohio State University Buckeyes at Virginia Tech game on the BIG Screen on Labor Day, Sept. 7th at 8 pm!

Bring friends and family and enjoy the game with fellow fans. Admission is FREE and there will be concession specials. Our concession includes beer, wine, soda, candy and the best popcorn in Columbus (in our humble opinion).

No house or apartment to clean and invite as many people as you want. We have plenty of seats!


Columbus Jewish Film Festival returns to the Drexel

Wednesday, November 4; Sunday, November 8; Thursday, November 12

The Drexel is pleased to host six films during this year's Columbus Jewish Film Festival.

Wednesday, November 4:

"Doc Sunday" - November 8
11:30 am - LOOK AT US NOW, MOTHER - Q&A with the film's director!

Thursday, November 12
8:00 pm - TO LIFE!

For film and ticket information, CLICK HERE

Columbus International Film and Video Festival

November 2015

The Columbus International Film and Video Festival returns to the Drexel in November with a great lineup.

Thursday, November 5:
7:30 pm - KRISHA (R)
SXSW Grand Jury and Audience Award winner
Admission: $7

Saturday, November 7:
Admission: $5, 12 and under are free, family cap of $10

Sunday, November 8:
7:00 pm - MOJAVE (R)
Starring Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, and Mark Wahlberg
Admission: $7

Monday, November 9:
Starring James Franco, Amber Heard, and Ed Harris
Admission: $7

Tuesday, November 10:
7:00 pm - AKRON (NR)
LGBT Fest Narrative Winner presented by Stonewall Columbus
Admission: $7

Wednesday, November 11:
7:00 pm - EMBERS and PRO-ANA
PRO-ANA produced by Maurice Hall
Admission: $7

Saturday, November 14:
3:00 pm - CIF+VF Doc Block: Portraits and Landscapes
Admission: $5

For more info, visit the CIF+VF WEBSITE

To buy tickets, click HERE

Friends of the Drexel Presents: "Drexel Bash 2015"

Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 pm

Friends of the Drexel Presents: “Drexel Bash 2015”
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Capital University, Harry C Moores Student Union, Schneider Conference Room
745 Pleasant Ridge Avenue, Bexley, Ohio 43209

Please join the Friends of the Drexel Inc., to celebrate the Drexel Theatre’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and the renovation of the Drexel restrooms. This fun-filled evening will include entertainment, delicious delectables and cocktails. Tickets are $150 each. To purchase tickets by phone, please call Cortney J. Porter at (614) 719-6710 or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Second Saturday Family Films: HORTON HEARS A WHO (2008)

Saturday, November 14 at 10:00 am

Continuing in November, the Drexel will host a Second Saturday Family Film. Screenings are at 10:00 am each second Saturday of the month.

November's film is the animated smash hit Horton Hears a Who. Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett
Directed by: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino

This film will have Drexel Family Film Admission:
FREE 2 & under
$3 Kids
$5 Adults
FREE Drexel Members
$10 maximum per family

#TBT Throwback Thursday: THE GOONIES (1985)

Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm

On November 19 at 7:00 pm, the Drexel will continue its #TBT Throwback Thursdays, as part of Bexley's Main Event "Off-Season" film series.

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient treasure.

Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green
Directed by: Richard Donner

Tickets: $7; $5 Students, Seniors, Drexel Members

The Drexel Kid Fest Summer Film Series presented by Street Sotheby's International Realty

June 17 thru Aug 1 - Wed at 10 am / Fri at 10 am / Sat at 1 pm (except July 5 at 1 pm)

Join us for the 2015 Drexel Kid Fest Summer Film Series presented by Street Sotheby's International Realty. We'll have activities, concession specials, a raffle and more!

Ages 2 & Under - FREE
Ages 3-12 - $2.00
Ages 12 & Older - $3.00
Drexel Members - FREE for names appearing on membership card

Films for the entire family will be featured!

June 17, 19, 20

June 24, 26, 27

July 1, 3, 5

July 8, 10, 11

July 15, 17, 18

July 22, 24, 25

July 29, 31, August 1

Show Boat Musical on the Drexel Big Screen

June 18 at 7:00 pm / June 21 at 2 pm

The Drexel Theatre invites you to see the musical Show Boat on the BIG Screen on Thursday, June 18 ay 7 pm and Sunday, June 21 at 2 pm.

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Director Francesca Zambello’s grand-scale production is "a triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long" (Chicago Classical Review). The magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score, which includes such classic songs as "Ol’ Man River," "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man," "Make Believe" and "You Are Love," will sound glorious "under the authoritative baton of music-theater maestro John DeMain" (Chicago Tribune). "No one should miss it" (Chicago Sun-Times).

Tickets: $17.50; $15 Drexel Members

The Top Steakhouse & Drexel Theatre to Host 'MAD MEN' Finale Events May 17th

Sunday, May 17

To celebrate the final episode of AMC’s critically acclaimed 1960s-based advertising drama, two iconic Bexley businesses will host events on the evening of Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Step back in time and dine like Don Draper at The Top Steak House, which opened in 1955 and celebrates 60 years in business this year. The restaurant will offer special appetizer and drink menus themed after the show. Over the decades, neither the menu nor the decor has changed a bit at The Top—guests in the “Mad Men” era would’ve enjoyed the same filets, shrimp cocktails and jumbo lobster tails you’ll find today.

Guests who make “Mad Men” dinner reservations for before 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, will receive a special admission ticket to guarantee a seat at The Drexel’s screening of the finale episode.

The Drexel Theatre will open its lobby starting at 8 p.m. for a “Mad Men” finale screening party. The theater will offer a themed cocktail bar and giveaways through the evening. The final episode airs at 10 p.m. Admission is free, but seating may be limited.

Visit our Facebook event page here.


March 1-28

Join us as we highlight Alfred Hitchcock, "The Master of Suspense," in the month of March with the following films:

Psycho (1960)
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm
Mar 6 @ 11:30 am
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm

Strangers On a Train (1951)
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm
Mar 13 @ 11:30 am
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm

Vertigo (1958)
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm
Mar 20 @ 11:30 am
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm

Dial M For Murder (1954)
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm
Mar 27 @ 11:30 am
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets are $5 and $3 for Drexel members. Strip tickets will also be available for $15 and $10 for Drexel Members.

The Bexley Education Foundation’s Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC) hosts Miracle at St. Anna

Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 pm

The Bexley Education Foundation’s Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC), in partnership with the Drexel Theatre, will host a FREE community presentation on March 24 at 7 p.m. of Miracle at St. Anna, the Spike Lee film adaptation of the novel by BCBC’s 2015 Selected Author James McBride. The screening, presented by Giant Eagle, will be followed by a panel discussion with a critic, a scholar and a filmmaker.

Miracle at St. Anna is the World War II story of four soldiers from the army’s Negro 92nd Division who find themselves separated from their unit and behind enemy lines in an Italian village, risking their lives for a country in which they are treated with less respect than the enemy they are fighting. The New York Times called the film “an earthy inquiry into death, duty, friendship and honor. What we’ve always wanted from war movies.”

Of the novel, McBride’s first, published in 2002 and also titled Miracle at St. Anna, Publisher’s Weekly said: “Through his sharply drawn characters, McBride exposes racism, guilt, courage, revenge and forgiveness, with the soldiers confronting their own fear and rage in surprisingly personal ways at the decisive moment in their lives.” McBride wrote the screenplay for the film.


John DeSando, Ph.D. is a film critic for NPR’s WCBE 90.5 FM, weekly co-hosting “It’s Movie Time” and “Cinema Classics.” He was awarded the Los Angeles Press Club’s first place National Entertainment Journalism Award for best radio feature. John has been a humanities professor and university academic vice president. He also serves on the boards of numerous local arts groups, including Shadowbox Live, the Gateway Film Center and others.

Ann C. Hall, Ph.D. is a Professor of English at Ohio Dominican University who also serves as the President of the International Harold Pinter Society. She has published widely on drama, film, and popular culture. Her most recent book is an examination of the various versions of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera. She also edited several popular collections, Mommy Angst: Motherhood in American Pop Culture, as well as Pop Porn: Pornography in American Culture. She is currently at work on a book on Ronald Harwood, British playwright and screenwriter whose screenplay for The Pianist won an Oscar.

Jonathan Sherman’s first film, Breathing Room, starred Dan Futterman, Susan Floyd, and Edie Falco and was released in more than 25 countries worldwide. He then directed I’m With Lucy, a romantic comedy starring Monica Potter, Gael Garcia Bernal, Julie Christie, Anthony LaPaglia, John Hannah, and Harold Ramis. It has been released in more than 50 countries worldwide. He has also written and directed films for the Oxygen Network and worked with various film studios. He is an Assistant Professor of Film at Kenyon College.

Moderator Artie Isaac has worked for more than 30 years with highly creative people, addressing challenges and opportunities facing more than 1,000 companies. He chairs six peer groups for CEOs, business owners, and key executives with Vistage International. Find him at

For more information on the Bexley Education Foundation, visit their website here.

Countdown to the Red Carpet: Best Picture Showcase

February 5 - 21

Join us at the Drexel as we count down to Hollywood's biggest night -- the Academy Awards!

We will showcase past Best Picture winners: On the Waterfront, Driving Miss Daisy and Million Dollar Baby

On the Waterfront (1954)
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm
Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

Admission: $5 for adults • $3 for Drexel Members

Drexel Gift Certificates & Memberships for the Holidays!

Holiday 2014

Give the gift of cinema this holiday! Drexel gift certificates and memberships make wonderful gifts that you know will be appreciated and used.

Gift Certificates may be used for admission and concession.

Gift Memberships are available in four levels of support and benefits, starting at $40.
Read more about the Drexel membership program here.

Join or renew your Drexel membership by 12/31/14, and be entered to win a $150, $100, or $50 Visa gift card!
Three random winners will be drawn from all new or renewing Drexel memberships received 11/17/2014-12/31/2014. Winners will be notified the week of 1/5/2015. No purchase required to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries.

Holiday Open House Throughout December Celebrating 77 Years!

The month of December

BIRDMAN Superhero Party

Saturday, Nov. 8 - Party @ 6 pm / Screening @ 7:30 pm

Join the Drexel for a BIRDMAN SUPERHERO PARTY on Saturday, Nov. 8! The party will start at 6 pm and the screening of Birdman will be at 7:30 pm.

Watershed Distillery has created a special film-themed cocktail menu just for the Drexel for the weekend! Wear a superhero costume (ONLY if you'd like to) and you could win a prize! Your movie ticket admits you to the party. Drinks and concession are additional.

BIRDMAN is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Visit the film's website here.. Visit the film's Facebook page here.

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Early Music in Columbus presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame with a live score by HESPERUS

Friday, November 7 - 8 pm concert • 7:30 pm pre-concert lecture

Last season, Hesperus thrilled EMC audience members with its performance at the Drexel, accompanying the silent film The Mark of Zorro! This time, Hesperus will take listeners on a journey to Renaissance France with the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney.

Innovative, historically informed and multi-cultural, Hesperus brings history alive with silent movie scores, cultural fusions and single-genre early music programs from the Middle Ages through the American Revolution. Whatever the genre, Hesperus performs with creative energy, technical assurance and a sense of fun.

“A trademark blend of expertise and playfulness.”Washington Post

Silent films were never totally silent; they were seen with a variety of accompaniments. Some theaters rented the original Hollywood score composed for the picture and hired an orchestra or arranged it for a small group of musicians. If that were too expensive, a few musicians would find their own music to suit. Other theaters had an organist or pianist improvise a soundtrack or play popular music of the day. Hesperus does something a bit different; the group accompanies silent films with music that has a connection to the action on the screen.

TICKETS: Regular $27 / Senior (62+) $22 / Student $12
Purchase tickets from Early Music in Columbus here.

Enter to Win TWO FREE TICKETS With the #DrexelFrightClub Instagram Contest

Through August 24

Enter to win 2 free tickets to the DREXEL!

Join our Instagram Photo Contest by following us and posting a pic! When you hear "Fright Club" relating to film, what comes to mind? Snap a "frightening" photo and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #DrexelFrightClub. We'll select a random winner on 8/24.

BONUS: Take your photo at the Drexel's Fright Club! show of Calvaire this Friday 8/22 and tag it, and get a FREE popcorn that night.

To read more about Fright Club! hosted by Maddwolf, click here.

Found Footage Festival Brings New 2014 Show To Columbus

Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 pm

The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a brand-new show in Columbus. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, are excited to show off their new lineup of found video clips and live comedy in this one-night-only appearance on Saturday, June 21st at 9 p.m. at the Drexel Theatre (2254 E. Main St., Bexley).

Tickets to the Found Footage Festival are $12 and are available at the door or at

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

Among the new clips featured in the 2014 program:
• A new exercise video montage featuring a Christmas-themed workout, a martial arts fitness regimen called “Tiger Moves,” and a tape called “Butt Camp”
• Newly unearthed footage of the world’s most obnoxious home shopping hosts, John & Johnny (c. 1987), and the long-awaited reunion orchestrated by the FFF curators
• Exclusive footage of the Chef Keith news prank the curators pulled on news stations in the Midwest over the holidays.
• A bizarre instructional video from 1997 with the redundant title, “How to Have Cybersex on the Internet”

The Found Footage Festival debuted its first show at Cinema Classics in the East Village on April 15, 2004 and has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows each year across the U.S. and Canada, including the HBO Comedy Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival. The festival has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, National Public Radio and has been named a critic’s pick in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Chicago Tribune. The FFF can also be seen twice a week in a popular web series on The Onion’s A.V. Club, in the hit documentary “Winnebago Man,” and in their book, “VHS: Absurd, Odd and Ridiculous Relics from the Videotape Era.”

To set up an interview with the curators, please contact Nick Prueher at 347-255-7350 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). High-resolution photos, stills, video clips and screeners from the festival are also available upon request. Additional information can be found on the festival’s official website:


Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties,” at a McDonald’s in their home state of Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos. Pickett, a writer/director, and Prueher, a former researcher at the Late Show with David Letterman, have written for The Onion and Entertainment Weekly and directed the award-winning documentary, “Dirty Country,” now available on DVD. They are also the masterminds behind the Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser yo-yo and Chef Keith pranks that hit local morning TV news shows across the Midwest and have since racked up millions of hits on YouTube.

FRIGHT CLUB-- A New Late Night Series Brought To You By MADDWOLF

Continues August 22nd at 9 pm


Hope Madden and George Wolf of MaddWolf host FRIGHT CLUB at the Drexel on Friday, August 22 at 9 pm featuring the film CALVAIRE.

Marc Stevens is a singer working the wedding circuit in Belgium. When his car breaks down in the boondocks, he's taken in by Paul Bartel, who seems a kindly innkeeper at first, but later reveals himself to be a psychopath. UR, 1:32

Tickets are $6.50 and $5.50 for students.

A Remembrance of Philip Seymour Hoffman in his Oscar-Winning Performance in CAPOTE

Saturday, February 22 at 11 am / Wednesday, February 26 at 7 pm

The Drexel Theatre presents A Remembrance of Philip Seymour Hoffman in his Oscar-Winning Performance in CAPOTE with two screenings: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 am and on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 pm.

Tickets: $5. Drexel Members: buy one $5 ticket and get one free.
Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online.

One of the most original, versatile, and steadily employed actors in Hollywood, Philip Seymour Hoffman made a name for himself playing some of the most dysfunctional characters in movie history... Read more of his biography at Fandango.

In Memoriam

December 13, 2013

In Memoriam - Robert Lazarus Jr.

We lost Bob Lazarus this week. Bob was a founding board member of Friends of the Drexel and our first ever “Drexel Hero” honoree. Bob loved this theatre and our community. His contributions to the arts, social justice and civic life in Columbus have set the example for so many of us who were privileged to know him and learn from him. Bob saved the Ohio Theatre and founded CAPA 44 years ago. Today, coming full circle, CAPA manages our beloved Drexel which Bob has also saved. We will be forever in his debt and we will miss this gentle and good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and her family. On behalf of a grateful Board and the Drexel community, may Bob’s memory be for a blessing.

Richard A. Stoff
Chairman of the Board
Friends of the Drexel, Inc.

Special Screening of HANNAH ARENDT followed by "Talk Back" Discussion with Jerome Kohn - SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 pm

German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker— controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils— introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.”

Following a special screening of HANNAH ARENDT on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 pm, the Columbus Jewish Film Festival and Drexel Theatre are hosting an Audience "Talk Back" Discussion featuring Jerome Kohn, Director of the Hannah Arendt Center, The New School for Social Research.

$9.00 for Adults
$7.50 students
$7.00 for Drexel Members & Seniors
Purchase tickets here.
Group Discount Info: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Advance Tickets: or call (614) 231-1050

About the film... Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, director Margarethe von Trotta focuses on the four turbulent years when the lives of Arendt and Eichmann crossed. Her story raises a question: How does a person behave in the face of historical and social events that he or she cannot influence or change?

About our guest... Jerome Kohn directs the Hannah Arendt Center at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. He has edited and written the introductions for four volumes of Arendt’s unpublished and uncollected works: The Jewish Writings (2007), The Promise of Politics (2005) Responsibility and Judgment (2003), Essays in Understanding: 1930-1954 (1993). In 1968, Jerry Kohn took Arendt’s course “Political Experience in the 20th Century” at the New School, became her teaching assistant and, after her death in 1975, was appointed Trustee of the Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust.

Presented by Columbus Jewish Film Festival and Drexel Theatre.

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Gatsby-esque Soiree Premiere Party 5/9 at 9 pm

Thursday, May 9 at 9:00 pm

It may have been required reading in high school, but Baz Luhrmann's new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is one of the most anticipated films of the year. You will not want to miss this stellar cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, and Amitabh Bachchan.

WHAT: A "Gatsby-esque" Soiree to celebrate the Movie Premiere of The Great Gatsby

WHEN: Thursday, May 9th. The party will begin at 9:00 pm followed by the film starting at 10:00 pm.

WHERE: The Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main Street

Join us for a fun as you step into the Drexel speak-easy complete with 20's themed cocktails, wine, beer and other non-alcoholic refreshments. Lounge and mingle while music that Jay Gatsby may have listened to plays softly in the background. Play Gatsby trivia and possibly win one of our fabulous prizes. Watch dancers do the Charleston! Dress up if you want or come as you are! We are celebrating the movie's premiere and want you to join us at the Drexel!

COST: Your admission ticket gets you into the soiree! (No need for an engraved invitation.) Drinks and concession cost additional.
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Special Screening of HAM & THE PIPER followed by Q & A with Actor Jeffrey Kissoon & Director Mark Norfolk

May 5 at 8:00 pm

Set in London, Burt, an elderly West Indian man (Jeffrey Kissoon, star of upcoming Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Ceasar; May 1-5 at the Southern Theatre ) has been married to his Jewish wife Jean (Jennifer Guy) for over twenty-five years. When he discovers shes dying, Burt finds himself having to contemplate life without her. Consumed by grief he begins to question whether his long marriage has meant sacrificing his own African heritage. Thus begins a monumental battle between opposing sides of Burt's subconscious mind. The fight between good and evil reaches a turning point and just just when Burt concedes defeat to the darker side of his alter-ego, uninvited guests start showing up at the family home and his fragile state of mind leads him to reach a shocking conclusion.

Ham & The Piper is a quirky, touching and at times explosive drama exploring how we put aside perceived cultural and religious historical injustice and find ways to love each other. The film recently was awarded Best Film and Best Actor at the Peloponesian Film Festival in Loutraki, Greece and won Best Actor at Gotham International Film Festival. Written and directed by Mark Norfolk. Starring Jeffrey Kissoon, Jennifer Guy and Geoffrey Burton.

Actor Jeffrey Kissoon will appear "in person" after the screening for a Question and Answer session about the film, accompanied by the film's director, Mark Norfolk.

Tickets are on sale now by calling the Drexel at (614) 231-1050, in person at the Drexel Box-Office and soon online.

Admission is $9.00 (General Admission), $7.00 (seniors) and $7.50 (students). Drexel members are $7.00 and $5.00 (seniors).

The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Julius Ceasar starring Jeffrey Kaasoon, will be presented at the Southern Theatre, May 1 through May 5. Having opened to five-star reviews in the UK, the Columbus run is the productions only North American engagement following its New York City premiere. The production is presented by The Ohio State University and CAPA. For more information and tickets visit


Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 pm

“It is hard to imagine a movie about the Middle East that could be more timely, more painfully urgent, more challenging to conventional wisdom on all sides of the conflict.”
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

The Drexel to hold after film “Talk-Back” with Academy Award-Nominated Screening of THE GATEKEEPERS!

The Gatekeepers, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Film will open for an exclusive engagement at the Drexel Theatre on Friday, March 29.

The Drexel will also present a special showing of The Gatekeepers on Thursday, April 4 followed by a “Talk-Back” Q. & A. with Israeli experts Noam Even, Senior Shaliach to the Jewish Federation of Columbus and Noami Brenner, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University.

In The Gatekeepers, for the first time ever, six former heads of Israel’s secret service, the Shin Bet, share their explosive insights and reflect publicly on their actions. In a series of candid interviews, they talk openly about major events that marked their tenures. They speak publicly about the morality of torture and terrorism, arrests and assassinations. The film powerfully intercuts archival footage and chilling digital recreations of some of the most harrowing incidents discussed. The film’s director, Dror Moreh, sums up the power of The Gatekeepers by saying, “No one understands the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians better than these six men.” Ultimately, the film validates the reasons that this group –pillars of the Israeli establishment, have come to reconsider their hard-line positions, and now advocate an approach of compromise with the Palestinians to create a lasting peace.

Noam Even is the Senior Community Shaliach (emissary) to the Jewish Federation of Columbus. He serves as an educational and cultural liaison and Israel advocate, between the central Ohio Jewish community and the people and State of Israel. Noam, was born in Beer-Sheva, Israel and has a B.A. in Psychology, Administration and Economy from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and an M.B.A from Ono Academy, in Kiryat Ono, Israel. Noam served 6 years in the IDF as a combat officer.

Naomi Brenneris an Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Israeli Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture at the Ohio State University. In 2010, Naomi received a Visiting Fellowship in Jewish Studies from Yad Hanadiv/Keren Beracha Foundation, in Jerusalem, to spend a year researching and writing in Israel. Naomi loves to explore and study contemporary Israeli culture and teaches courses on Israeli film and society at OSU.

The audience “Talk-Back” and Q & A will be begin immediately after the 7:00 pm showing of the film on Thursday, April 4.
Tickets are $9 for adults; $7.50 students; $7.00 for Drexel Members and seniors.
Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at (614) 231-1050, at the Drexel box-office (2254 E. Main St.) and soon online.
Discount Tickets for schools and organizations are available by calling (614) 446-1614 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Special Thanks to the Jewish Federation of Columbus.

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A big THANK YOU to all who attended!

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make the
16th Annual Red Carpet Bash a huge success.

A near capacity crowd had a great time watching Argo win Best Picture and Amour win Best Foreign Film. The evening was all about dressing up as much as watching the Oscars, with many people attending as nominated stars or films. Guests milled in the lobby for photo ops and enjoyed delicious food and drinks in a Hollywood gala setting. Cathy Worley won the annual "You Pick the Winners" contest, predicting 20 out of 24 categories correctly. Cathy won a year's worth of movies for two at the Drexel and gift basket of Hollywood prizes. This year's runner-up was Stu Myers, who predicted 18 awards categories.

Special thanks to our Red Carpet hosts George Wolf of Rewind 103.5 Radio and the fabulous Sable Coate, Columbus'
Delectable Downtown Diva. And a tip of Oscar's hat to Susan Gellman for her wonderful Red Carpet opening song, and Olympic Theatre Productions for performing several original Oscar themed skits. Kudos to this year's sponsors: Sunny 95, Mix 107.9, Rewind 103. 5, The Columbus Dispatch Reader Rewards, Outlook, Hotcards Columbus, Stella Artois and Copa! wines.

The Red Carpet Bash wouldn't be possible without the participation of these fine Bexley area restaurants: Giuseppe's Ritrovo, Barrel 44 Bexley, The Top Steakhouse, Moshe Sushi Bar, Rusty Bucket Bexley, Aladdin's Eatery, Piada Italian Street Food, Rubino's Pizza, Catering by Scott and Graeter's Ice Cream.

Finally, thanks to our many Red Carpet volunteers, the CAPA usher corps, and to our many Red Carpet attendees -without your support this event would not be possible. Proceeds from the event benefited the artistic and educational programs of the Friends of the Drexel, Inc.

Check out photos from the Red Carpet Bash by Tyler Joswick and the Drexel's Nick Spaeth-Cook.

Held Over - Drexel Midnight Movie: Miami Connection

Saturday, December 08 at Midnight and Sunday, December 09 at 10:00 pm

If you missed the 80's Cult Sensation MIAMI CONNECTION, you're in luck. Due to great turn-outs this past weekend, the film will be held-over for two additional shows. MIAMI CONNECTION will continue on Saturday, December 8 at 12:00 Midnight and Sunday, December 9 at 10:00 pm.

Miami Connection, was made back in 1987 by Korean director - martial arts guru, ninth-degree-black-belt-haver, and star of the film Y. K. Kim. If you like B movies (it’s sooo bad, it’s good!) or think you know a fair amount about grindhouse, YOU NEED TO SEE THIS. What a fabulous disaster! This movie is extra-triple-cheesy and so deliciously weird, involving a kung-fu-practicing Florida synth rock group; a motorcycle-riding, cocaine-dealing, sword-wielding band of Japanese ninjas; and cameos by a real Florida biker gang (complete with scooter-trashin’ biker chicks)—plus a terrible amount of Troma-film-style violence and a video-game soundtrack. It all adds up to this magical cultural document.

Tickets are on sale now here. Tickets can also be purchased at the Drexel Theatre Box Office or by calling (614) 231-1050.

Read more about the making of MIAMI CONNECTION here.