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Ohio State v. Penn State Football on the BIG Screen!

Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 pm

The Ohio State Buckeye football squad heads to Penn State on Saturday, October 25 to face the Nittany Lions in a key Big Ten matchup. Kickoff is at 8:00 pm on ABC - admission to see it on the big screen is FREE!

Bring friends and family. Enjoy beer, wine, popcorn, candy and snacks at our concession too!

A Columbus International Film + Video Festival Early Bird Screening Event - La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 pm

The Columbus Film Council and The Columbus Free Press present:

A Columbus International Film + Video Festival Early Bird Screening Event

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
72 minutes
Mark Kendall

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30pm
Drexel Theatre
2254 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43209

Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs. This film follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.

Admission is free, donations encouraged.

The Columbus Film Council is supported by grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Columbus Foundation and the Puffin Foundation West.

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.

Now Hear and See This!

Going on now!

All three of our theatres have been converted to state-of-the-art digital projection systems (after 75 years of using the original 35mm projectors) and new ultra-bright screens were installed. You’ll immediately notice the upgrade in the brighter, sharper images, scratch-free and more stable picture quality, and more brilliant resolution. In addition, the theatre’s largest auditorium was outfitted with a new Dolby digital 7.1 sound system including stage and surround speakers, and the two smaller auditoriums were both upgraded to new Dolby digital 5.1 systems.

"The new digital systems not only allow us to present the latest technological advances in cinema presentation, but will be upgradable to adapt to future, upcoming cinema technologies," said Drexel Theatre Artistic Director Jeff Frank. “The improvements will provide the best in sight and sound quality, comparable to listening to a CD after hearing a 45 rpm record."

Additionally, the roof over all three of the auditoriums is being replaced, as is a new 10-ton HVAC unit which serves the theatre’s largest auditorium.

Funding for the renovations has been provided by the Bexley Community Foundation, Franklin County through a federal community development block grant, Limited Brands Foundation, and members of the Jeffrey family.

“Having now stabilized the theatre financially, Friends of the Drexel is now focused on the condition of the physical plant which has deteriorated for years,” said Richard Stoff, Chairman of Friends of the Drexel, Inc. “These first critical steps – beginning with a new roof – will protect the basic structure of the building and equip the Drexel to be more competitive in the market by providing an improved theatre-going experience for our patrons. Next, we’ll explore a complete renovation of the theatre.”

Since forming in 2009, Friends of the Drexel has rallied the community to save the historic theatre. Purchasing the theatre’s assets in 2011, Friends of the Drexel converted the beloved Columbus icon to a non-profit organization and hired CAPA to manage the theatre on its behalf. Friends of the Drexel also implemented a Drexel membership program to support the programming, community outreach, and educational endeavors of the Drexel Theatre while offering members exclusive, tax-deductible benefits and privileges.


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