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The Drexel presents Disneynature's BEARS


Special Discount Rates for Schools & Organizations
Starting Friday, April 18

ARRIVING IN TIME FOR EARTH DAY!--
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure BEARS showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food-ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run-while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. BEARS captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses-Alaska!

Directed by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats).

Visit the Disneynature website for more information.
Watch the trailer here.

Teachers & Educators:


Download the free Disneynature’s BEARS Educator's Guide, featuring nearly 100 pages of lessons & activities, to help empower your students to create positive changes for wildlife in your school, community, and world.

Discount Group Rates for schools and organizations:
Groups of 30+... $5.50 per ticket
Groups of 60+... $5.00 per ticket

To book a screening or for more information contact:
Kevin Rouch at (614) 203-7911 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Free Press Screening-- Deep Green: Solutions to Stop Global Warming Now


EARTH DAY Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 pm

The Columbus Film Council presents
The 4th Tuesday Free Press screening of:


Deep Green: Solutions to Stop Global Warming Now
80 minutes
Matthew Briggs

Based on six years of intensive research and devoted exclusively to solutions to man-made global warming, “Deep Green” cuts through the clutter to bring new clarity to an increasingly-urgent situation. The best applications worldwide in energy efficiency are featured: green building, de-carbonizing transportation, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and smart grids, and forest restoration. Some profoundly personal and practical—like what one person can do to lower their carbon load in their own house, with their own lifestyle, on their own land. Shot in nine countries over the last three years, the filmmakers cover ecological advancements in China, France, Spain, and the U.S. Deep Green’s” stories are filled with startling revelations and fascinating facts—such as 50% of all U.S. energy is consumed by our buildings…. Cement is the number one emitter of CO2 across the entire built environment…. Switching to white roofs could eliminate one billion tons of carbon per year…. How we move from place to place is 20% of our carbon footprint… The way we produce our food contributes as much as a third of the greenhouse gases that we have to deal with.

Discussion following movie led by Harvey Wasserman

Admission is free, donations encouraged.

This screening has been made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.






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.






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.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:





The Jeffrey Family