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The Drexel Presents a Special Screening of ALIVE INSIDE Followed By Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 4 at 7:00 pm

Please join us for a special screening of ALIVE INSIDE followed by a panel discussion, on Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 pm.

Director Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., Director of the Ohio Department of Aging

Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology

Dan Cohen, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of Music & Memory

Salli Bollin, MSW, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

Visit the film's website here.

Buy tickets for the special screening here.
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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.

Watch the FX Series THE STRAIN on the Big Screen Sunday Nights at 10pm!

Every Sunday night at 10 pm

Watch the new FX series The Strain on the big screen at 10 pm every Sunday night! Free admission.

The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of "Dr. Ephraim Goodweather," the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Co-Creators, Executive Producers and Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan co-wrote the pilot script for The Strain, which was directed by del Toro. Emmy® Award winning Writer and Producer Carlton Cuse serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner and Writer. Gary Ungar also serves as Executive Producer. The series is produced by FX Productions.

Visit the show's website here for more information.

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.

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