Drexel Theatre still thriving after 85 years
The Franklin County historical marker tour brings us to a Bexley movie theater that's been screening films since the days of Judy Garland and Clark Gable.
The marker: The Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St.
Flashback: Since opening on Christmas Day in 1937, the Drexel has survived ownership changes, economic downturns, competition from multiplexes and even a lightning strike during a 1949 showing that sent its chimney stack flying across the neighborhood.
The intrigue: The theater has undergone several renovations over the years, growing from one screen to three and now projecting an aura of "modern nostalgia."
- Moviegoers can enjoy mainstream films along with classics like "Godzilla" (1954).
- A nonprofit group now owns the Drexel and it's managed by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts.
Editor's note: This story first published in the Axios Columbus newsletter on June 2, 2022.
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