June 13, 2021
Shown is the Drexel Theatre sign

Breaking: Drexel Theatre reopening Memorial Day weekend

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) has announced that the Drexel Theatre will be reopening on May 27.

The opening weekend line-up will include A Quiet Place Part II, Nomadland, Minari, and Dream Horse. There will only be four screenings per day, Thursdays through Sundays. Two of the three theatre rooms will be available, and only at 25% of total capacity.

The image shows the largest theatre room inside of the Drexel.
Shown above is the largest theatre room in the Drexel. Photo taken by Brad Feinknopf.

The Drexel is a distinguished landmark in the Bexley community, but after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been closed for over a year now. During that time, the small theatre managed to stay afloat through community donations and virtual screenings.

In an email, Drexel Theatre Manager Jeremy Henthorn stated, “It was important to honor the donors, members, and community whose generous support has been critical during these unprecedented times by reopening in a responsible way that best positions the theatre for long-term success.”

As the year progresses, the Drexel will monitor CDC guidelines and consult with health officials to ensure that the theatre is operating in the safest way.

This news follows Gov. Mike Dewine’s recent announcement that Ohio’s COVID-19 health order will be lifted on June 2.

For more info on the Drexel Theatre and its relationship with the Bexley community, check out this Chimes article here.

  • Robert Cumberlander is the Editor-in-Chief of The Chimes and a junior at Capital University, majoring in Film and Media Production with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

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