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Columbus Jewish Film Festival returns to the Drexel

Thursday, November 6, Sunday November 9, Tuesday, November 11, and Thursday, November 13

The Columbus Jewish Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014, returning to the Drexel with a number of compelling films:

Thursday, November 6:

A PLACE IN HEAVEN - 5:30 p.m.

24 DAYS - 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, November 9 (Doc Sunday):


RESCUE IN THE PHILIPPINES: REFUGE FROM THE HOLOCAUST - 1:30 p.m. - Q&A with Aurora Quezon Avancena, granddaughter of Philippines' President Quezon, following the film.

ROAD TO EDEN - 3:45 p.m. - Q&A with director Doug Passon and musician Dan Nichols following the film.

Tuesday, November 11:


Thursday, November 13:

BETHLEHEM - 7:00 p.m.

Get ticket information at the CJFF web page.

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.

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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