Special Events At The Drexel

18th Annual Drexel Red Carpet Bash

Sunday, February 22
6:30 pm doors open / 8:00 pm telecast

For the 18th 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 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 emcees: Hope Madden and George Wolf of Maddwolf.

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.

Ticket Prices:
$30 in advance / $35 at the door
DREXEL MEMBERS - $20 in advance / $25 at the door
Purchase tickets online here* or at the box office.

*You may need to change the date to March 2 if it is not the date shown when you use the link above.

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


Tuesday, Jan 27 at 7:30 pm

The Columbus Free Press, Simply Living, the Columbus Film Council and the Drexel present
The 4th Tuesday Free Press screening: DANCING IN JAFFA

Tuesday, January 27
Drexel Theatre
2254 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43209

"Irresistible to behold" -The New York Times
Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. Vist the film's website here.

Admission is free, donations encouraged.

Co-sponsored by Simply Living, the Columbus Free Press and the Columbus Film Council.

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

The Room

Saturday, February 14 at Midnight

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? THE ROOM screens on the second Saturday at Midnight every month at the Drexel. Tickets are $6.50 and $5.50 for students.

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.


The Jeffrey Family