The Drexel Theatre Blog

GET READY FOR THE ULTIMATE DIGITAL EXPERIENCE AT THE DREXEL!


January 31, 2013


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







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